Who came up wih Factoring?

1. Oct 20, 2006

Cedar

Anybody know who first discovered the factoring?
When and where too....
Such an useful technique I would like to know :)

2. Oct 20, 2006

quasar987

Actually factoring was discovered in 1942 following a France-Japan-GB colaboration to crack the secret of multiplication.

Probably it was the first society to worked with the concept of multiplication.

Last edited: Oct 20, 2006
3. Oct 22, 2006

arildno

Factoring was discovered the moment a guy understood that if a*(b+c)=a*b+a*c, then we could equally write a*(b+c) whenever the other guys would write a*b+a*c.

Who that was, I have no idea..

Last edited: Oct 22, 2006
4. Oct 22, 2006

Office_Shredder

Staff Emeritus
I think he means like x2 - 2x + 1 = (x-1)(x-1)

Which isn't directly obvious from a*(b+c) = ab + ac

5. Oct 22, 2006