quintic equation


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quintic equation

[′kwin·tik i′kwā·zhən]
(mathematics)
A fifth-degree polynomial equation.
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As I was about to say, before being so rudely interrupted;' continues Einstein, "Young Abel died of starvation and tuberculosis before he could win acclaim for his proof that the quintic equation couldn't be solved by formula.
This book opens with a review of some of these efforts, including the development of algebra and the discovery of the quintic equation, which resisted solution for centuries.
To solve the quintic equation there are now only two more roots to identify; these--we know in advance--are complex conjugates of each other, as the coefficients of the original equation are all real, and we are well on our way to finding all five roots of the polynomial equation.