Ten fun facts about Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi


Fact 1
There is little known about his life, except it is suggested that he is the same person as Muhammad ibn Musa ibn Shakir.

Fact 2
He worked in Baghdad as a scholar at the House of Wisdom, where he studied math and sciences.

Fact 3
His research and development of solving quadratic and linear equations led to algebra.


Fact 4
He has written major works on geography, books on astrolabes, a treatise on the Hebrew calendar and more.

Fact 5
His work on arithmetic helped develop Arabic numerals and where algorism, doing arithmetic with Arabic numerals, came from.

Fact 6
The Latin-ized form of his name, al-Khwarizmi, is Algoritmi or Algorismi, where algorithm and algorism derived from.

Fact 7
His book on the movements of the sun, moon and the planets was an turning point in astronomy for Islam.

Fact 8
Though he did write a book about geography, which had coordinates and more, there is only one copy at a library in France.

Fact 9
Most Muslim geographers still use his prime meridian, which he set in his geography book, finished in 833.

Fact 10
His work with numbers also helped introduce the decimal positional number into the Western world.


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A Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer.

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