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CLIP 11268

Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra

Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra
Key Info
  • Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra
  • Duration: 03:10
  • Marcus du Sautoy visits Fez, where the ancient Islamic school of wisdom was founded, and where Mahommed ben Musa al-Khwarizmi wrote his 'lm al-jebr wa'l-muqabala' calculation by restoration or reduction. Du Sautoy explains why algebra is so important in moving towards general proofs, using an example of square numbers.
  • Subject:



    Historical and Cultural Roots

  • Keywords: proof, pattern, history, language
Ideas for use in class
  • A good enrichment clip, or as an introduction to any work on algebra, explaining where it came from and why it is so useful.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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