What More There Is in Early-Modern Algebra than its Literal Formalism
"There are two views about early-modern algebra very often endorsed (either explicitly or implicitly). The former is that in early-modern age, algebra and geometry were different branches of mathematics and provided alternative solutions for many problems. The latter is that early-modern algebra essentially resulted from the adoption of a new literal formalism. My present purpose is to question the latter. In doing that, I shall also implicitly undermine the former."
Marco Panza. What More There Is in Early-Modern Algebra than its Literal Formalism. A. Heeffer and M. Van Dyck. Philosophical Aspects of Symbolic Reasoning in Early-Modern Mathematics, College Publications, pp.193-230, 2010.