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Shahzeb Mirza

Project Manager Fellow, One World Youth Project


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Is it really true that math and science origins root from the Arab world?

Were Arab scientists and mathematicians the real forefathers, laying the foundation stones for the science we learn today?

Topics: origin science
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    Jun 19 2012: All the old civilizations included practices and discoveries that are foundational for mathematics and science as we know them today.
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    Jun 19 2012: Pretty much, though a combination of Greek and Arab ideas mainly contributed to development of modern science and maths though a Muslim scholar Imam Hamid al-Ghazali taught and proclaimed that maths was the work of the devil and from there arab culture regressed until its modern re-emergence
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    Jun 27 2012: Yes...for example the word Algebra comes from an arab word, and Avicenna,a Persian scholar,is considered the father of medicine.
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    Jun 29 2012: Wow, sad that not everyone knows of their work in laying the foundation stones. I always thought these origins were perhaps from the Greeks.
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      Jun 29 2012: It's a mixture, Greeks and Arabs shared a lot of ideas.