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Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern$
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Robin Wilson and John J. Watkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656592

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656592.001.0001

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Jewish combinatorics

Jewish combinatorics

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(p.109) Chapter 4 Jewish combinatorics
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Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern
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VICTOR J. KATZ

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656592.003.0005

Many Jewish scholars from the early years of our era were interested in calculating permutations and combinations. Among the problems that led to the study of these notions were finding the number of words that could be formed out of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and determining the number of conjunctions of the planets. It was Levi ben Gerson in the 14th century who was able to formalize these notions and rigorously derive the formulas for the numbers of permutations and combinations.

Keywords:   Judaism, permutations, combinations, Levi ben Gerson

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