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Research into the problem of three square numbers such that the sum of any two less the third one provides a square number


Leonhard Euler

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In the first part, Euler presents several different methods of finding values of x, y, and z that make the following three expressions all squares: yy+zzxx, xx+zzyy, xx+yyzz. In the second part, entitled "Solution to a rather curious known problem: to find four positive numbers, unequal among themselves, such that the sum of any two is always a square," Euler presents several solutions, by familiar means. The third part is entitled "Supplement to the problem of four given numbers of which the sum of two always makes a square number."

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Commentationes arithmeticae collectae, Volume 2, pp. 603-616.

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Series 1, Volume 5, pp.303-329.

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