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Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra

Duration: 03:07

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.

Available since: Thu 26 Jul 2012

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The Story of Maths The Genius of the East

2/4 A look at the rise of mathematics in the East, as the West entered the Dark Ages.

First broadcast: 13 Oct 2008

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