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History of matrices and determinants?

  1. May 31, 2012 #1
    Do we know how we came up with the idea of matrices and determinants? How was the idea of solving linear equations using matrices and determiannts come up.
    I do not find it useful at all. Does anyone know a site which explains its history and usefulness?
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