So you think you’re Good?

16016_one_plus_one.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

During the course of the daily amount of loitering I do on the Web I came across the fact that Alexis Lemaire, AKA: The Human Calculator has broken the record for finding the 13th root of a 200-digit – I think to say that it is a ‘difficult’ feat is somewhat of an understatement.

So then I started to think of the ‘ human calculators’ of the past, and to my delight I found that the word ‘algebra’ is actually a Latin variant of the Arabic word ‘al-jabr’. This came from the title of a book, ‘Hidab Al-Jabr Wal-Muqabala‘ written in Baghdad about 825 AD by the great Muslim mathematician Mohammed Ibn-Musa Al-Khowarizmi.

Incidentally, resulting from the works of the great Khowarizmi, we are left with the word ‘algorithm‘ which came about as time and language had its effect, like so:

Al-Khowarizmi (Arabic) to Algoritmi (Latin) to Algorithm (English)

And Allah knows best


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