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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:28:39 No.5533230

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Who invented algebra?


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Schaiffe 2013-02-15 23:30:41 No.5533237
>>5533230
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algebra#History

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:33:52 No.5533250
Algebra was invented by Al'Zebra who lived in Aladdin's palace during Alexander's great space war.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:35:52 No.5533257
Believe it or not, the arabs.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:36:39 No.5533261
>>5533230
that apple guy prolly

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:36:46 No.5533262
I did.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:36:49 No.5533263
some foreign cunt called Al-Jabr

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:37:21 No.5533264
Ancient babylonians.
And then middle-ages iraqis.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:40:22 No.5533272
Einstein

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:50:07 No.5533301
Arabs from etchasketchastan

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:54:26 No.5533314
It was discovered, not invented.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:55:21 No.5533317
>>5533250
>>5533257
>>5533263
>>5533301

Did he invent algebra or just wrote a book that introduced it to Europe?

John Stillwell in his book "Mathematics and Its History" says that what Muslims did was introduce algebra to the West, but being called "al-gebra" is a historic accident because they weren't the ones inventing it.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:56:39 No.5533322
>>5533263
This. Mr Al-Jebr.

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Anonymous 2013-02-15 23:56:48 No.5533323
Algebra is usually considered to have been invented by al-Khwarizmi, a Persian mathematician, in a book whose title is the origin of the word "algebra". Al-Khwarizmi's name itself is also where the word "algorithm" comes from.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mu%E1%B8%A5ammad_ibn_M%C5%ABs%C4%81_al-Khw%C4%81rizm%C4%AB

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Anonymous 2013-02-16 00:44:25 No.5533417

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>>5533230
Baldor

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Anonymous 2013-02-16 00:44:34 No.5533419
Basic mathematic algebra as in "2x+1 = 3" was developed by indian cultures and then moved into the arabic sphere (Note that also the chinese and the greek and probably lots of others already had ideas on this). It was then brought into the realm of Europe by a book written by al-Chwarizmi, and taken up by european scientists and thinkers.

Modern Algebra (such as linear Algebra) with the notions of Sets, Vector Spaces and the like has acutally only been around since the mid of the 19th century, and has been developed by mathematicians from all over the world.

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Anonymous 2013-02-16 00:58:01 No.5533447
>>5533263
>>5533317
>>5533322

Algebra was not named for the guy credited with its "invention", but for the publication in which he did so, "Al-Kit?b al-mukhta?ar f? h?s?b al-?abr wa’l-muq?bala", that is, "The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing". The "al-?abr" part of that ("completion") became the word "algebra".

It's hard to say who really came up with the ideas in the first place, but it is thought that Al-Khwarizmi (the author) was describing a combination of Arabic and Indian mathematical techniques as they were used in his time.







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