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Life long Learner, Entrepreneur, Artist, Tinkerer and general Wonderer
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Early Islamic Maths

This week's In Our Time featured the subject of Early Islamic Maths and its origins. Expert guests were: Colva Roney-Dougal, Reader in Pure Mathematics, at the University of St Andrews; Peter Pormann, Professor of Classics & Graeco-Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester; and Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey.


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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the flourishing of maths in the early Islamic world, as thinkers from across the region developed ideas in places such as Baghdad's House of Wisdom. Among them were the Persians Omar Khayyam, who worked on equations, and Al-Khwarizmi, latinised as Algoritmi and pictured above, who is credited as one of the fathers of algebra, and the Jewish scholar Al-Samawal, who converted to Islam and worked on mathematical induction. As well as the new ideas, there were many advances drawing on Indian, Babylonian and Greek work and, thanks to the recording or reworking by mathematicians in the Islamic world, that broad range of earlier maths was passed on to western Europe for further study. You may learn that Omar Khayyam was famous for more than his Rubaiyat.

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Omar Khayyam Maths Paper
"Cubic equation and intersection of conic sections" the first page of two-chaptered manuscript kept in Tehran University
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