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Jeffrey A. Oaks and Haitham M. Alkhateeb

« Simplifying equations in Arabic algebra ». Historia Mathematica, 34, 2007, p. 45-61.

Book review by Benno van Dalen

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1The authors analyse in more detail and more systematically than any earlier scholars the use of the terms jabr, muqābala, and some others in the solutions of a large number of algebraical problems in a range of medieval mathematical texts. They find that the terms stand for the immediate goals of particular steps in the resolutions, rather than for specific operations, as has been thought before. They thus also find that the phrase al-jabr wa’l-muqābala, which became to stand for the whole field of algebra, originally meant “restoration and/or confrontation”.

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Benno van Dalen. Jeffrey A. Oaks and Haitham M. Alkhateeb, « « Simplifying equations in Arabic algebra ». Historia Mathematica, 34, 2007, p. 45-61. », Abstracta Iranica [Online], Volume 31 | 2011, document 258, Online since 11 October 2012, connection on 21 July 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/39749

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