Late Antiquity and Islamicate Mathematics

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This chapter discusses some important instances of distributivity-like ideas appearing in the Islamicate tradition. It starts by examining al-Nayrīzī’s additions to the Elements that appear in the framework of his report on Heron’s Commentary. It also discuss briefly Abū Kāmil’s version of propositions from Book II, as well as an interesting appearance of distributivity-like considerations surfacing in the work of al-Khayyām.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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NameSpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology
ISSN (Print)2211-4564
ISSN (Electronic)2211-4572

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  • Abū Kāmil
  • Arabic algebra
  • Distributive-like rules
  • Heron
  • Islamicate mathematics
  • The euclidean tradition
  • al-Khayyām
  • al-Nayrīzī


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