http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/article ... aped-maths
I stumbled across this article and felt, rightly or wrongly, that it gave a bit too much credit to Islam for mathematical advances. Is anyone able to comment?
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sum wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/16bY0mKWPbBGjsN69ywzXwH/how-the-early-islamic-period-shaped-maths
I stumbled across this article and felt, rightly or wrongly, that it gave a bit too much credit to Islam for mathematical advances. Is anyone able to comment?
sum
Schmuck..Nobody says Al-Khwarizmi is a mathematician founder. He perfected the mathematical shortcomings of the infidels.Hombre wrote:Takeiteasynow
as always, thanks for the in-depth presentation ( I bet reading your replies - SAM goes into convulsion for not crediting Islam).
He explicitly explains the use of zero, a numerical system developed by the Arabs. At the same time, he developed a decimal system and thus, the whole number system, algorithm or algorizm acquired the name after being developed by the Arabs. In his quest to introduce Indian numerical system (now known as Arabic numerals), he has developed a number of procedural calculations including operations and fractions. The numerical system was first introduced by the Arabs to the West whose work has been translated into European.
Hombre wrote: as always, thanks for the in-depth presentation ( I bet reading your replies - SAM goes into convulsion for not crediting Islam).
The use of a zero and place value was first documented in ancient Babylon, long before his his time. Independently, it always was used in India, and all the Arabs did is copy their number system which is much better than the Roman one one which relied on an abacus to do calculations.
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