Science in a Golden Age – Al-Khwarizmi: The Father of Algebra



Modern life is extremely reinforced by mathematics today, from fast cars and airplanes to computer encryption. In the following episode of Science in the Golden Age, Jim Al-Khalili reveals that how mathematicians from the Islamic world aided mathematics between the 9th and 14th centuries and set the basis of algebra. He considers the modern mathematics at the back of airplanes flight and the record-breaking fastest cars in the world and provides information of the achievements to the bequest of the Persian mathematician Al-Khawarizmi.

We can also see the role of the Islamic World played in providing us the modern-day numeral system that we don’t appreciate properly due to it’s over familiarity in our daily life. Jim also unveils the rare text book of Al Kindi, possibly the earliest mathematical code breaker of the World, in the Sulemaniye Library in Istanbul.