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Who founded algebra?

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No one person appears to have invented algebra in all its complexity and glory. Instead, it appears to have sort of "grown up." Western Europeans learned their algebra from the works of the Persian mathematician Muhammed ibn Musa al-Khowarizmi. The word, algebra, is a corruption of al-jabr which is part of the title of his treatise, Hisab al-jabr w'al muqabalah which means something like, "the science of reunion and reduction." It is pretty clear that the Persians got some of these ideas from earlier work of the Babylonians, Egyptians, Chinese, Hindus, and who knows else.


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