The Mathematician al-Khwārizmī

Mathematician Abū 'Abdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, commonly known as al-Khwārizmī, published the first atlas. He also pioneered the process for solving equations called al-jabr, which is known as algebra today. His Latin nickname, Algoritmi, is the basis for the word algorithm.

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  1. Al-Khwārizmī pioneered a method for solving problems (algebra), published the first atlas, wrote the first math textbook and calculated celestial bodies. 00:05

  2. Al-Khwārizmī was commissioned to publish a textbook for the general public on how to do basic calculations. 01:51

  3. In 1299, the city of Florence passed a law forbidding the use of numerals. 03:43

Written by Curiosity Staff May 29, 2015