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The Diophantine equation *x*^{2}=*ny*^{2}+1, where *n* is a positive integer that is not a perfect square. Methods of solving such an equation have been sought from as long ago as the time of Archimedes. Bhāskara solved particular cases. Fermat apparently understood that infinitely many solutions always exist, a fact that was proved by Lagrange. * Pell's name was incorrectly given to the equation by Euler.

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Mathematics.

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