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Origin of Algebra

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    Posted: 01-Aug-2005 at 08:51

Al-Khwarizmi, Persian mathematician - We have algebra thanks to him (c. 780 to 850 AD)

Mohammed al-Khwarizmi gave us the words (and techniques of) algebra and algorithms. He was a scholar at The House of Wisdom in Baghdad and brought together ideas from Babylon, India and Greece.

Two of al-Khwarizmi's most influential books were Al-jabr wa'l Muqabalah, which gave its name to algebra, and Al-Khwarizmi on the Hindu Art of Reckoning, from which we get the word algorithm (based on his name).

He helped bring the idea of zero into mathematics; although a symbol for zero had been introduced by the Babylonians, it was Indian mathematicians who had started using it as a number in the 6th century.

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true, including the fact that the word algebra is a late mixture of persian and arabic. Hence Al-jabr =to move, like the moving of signs and numbers around inthis mathematical form. We also know that he united native ideas like the zero should become the place holder for all numbers and officially created a mental number line. 
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