'(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 Arithmetica dealt with both determinate and indeterminate equations
. The rule for solving the general quadratic equation was not to be found in the surviving books but from certain specific problems it appears that the method of solving [alpha][x.sup.2] + bx + c = 0 involved multiplying by a and completing the square much as we do today.
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.