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- DescriptionMohammed ben Musa (c.780-c.850) was a Persian mathematician and astromer. The word 'algebra' derives from his Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing, which introduced modern algebraic methods. First published in 1831, this translation from Arabic into English was prepared by the German orientalist Friedrich August Rosen (1805-37). The key algebraic methods introduced are reduction, completion and balancing. To reduce an equation is to change an expression to a simpler form; completion is to remove a negative quantity from one side of the equation and add it to the other; and balancing is to cancel like terms on opposite sides of the equation. An account is also given of solving polymial equations up to the second degree. Rosen's introduction and tes accompany the translation, which remains relevant in the history of mathematics.
- Author(s)Mohammed ben Musa
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication28/03/2013
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note20 b/w illus.
- Weight450 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byFriedrich August Rosen
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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