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Unformatted text preview: (b) If we assume that the solution of differential equations begins with the invention by Leibniz of the anti-derivative in 1686, and that material through Chapter 2 of Zill & Cullen runs through the contributions of the Bernoullis (the last of whom, Johann the 3 rd died in 1807), Ricatti (1676-1754), Euler (1707-1783), dAlembert (1717-1783), Lagrange (1736-1813), and their peers, then we looking at approximately 12 decades of mathematical invention in less than one month....
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