Arabic Mathematics

Apr 17, 2024 , 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Darwin 103 & Virtual

ARABIC MATHEMATICS presented by Sam Brannen, Sonoma State University

There exists a common misconception that the period spanning approximately 1000 years, from the conclusion of ancient Greek mathematics to the sixteenth century, witnessed minimal mathematical activity. The prevailing notion suggests that aside from specific Arabic translations of Greek texts, which preserved Europeans' knowledge during the European Renaissance's onset, little mathematical progress occurred. However, contrary to this belief, many concepts attributed to European mathematicians in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries had been developed by Arabic/Islamic mathematicians around four centuries earlier. This presentation will highlight some of the significant contributions made by Arabic/Islamic mathematicians from the late eighth century to roughly the mid-fifteenth century.

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