E)ven if it has no finality and no last judgment, power returns to its own identity again as a final principle: it is the last term, the irreducible web, the last tale that can be told; it is what structures the indeterminate equation
of the word' (50).
The work with indeterminate equations
was more extensive but the methods involved varied greatly and often a judicious guess or the assignment of a fixed value to an unknown would produce a solution.
Bag summarizes the development of solution procedures for second-degree indeterminate equations
in seventh-through twelfth-century Indian mathematics, with a useful analysis of the methods in terms of their later rediscovery and modern equivalents.