The stereotypical high-school gripe about algebra is something along the lines of, "When will I ever use this in real life?" But algebra has completely real-world origins: When Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi wrote his famous text, "The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing," his examples came from things like inheritance law and canal-building. Al-Khwarizmi wrote books on geography, astrology and numerals as well. Today's episode talks about his achievements and how they fit in to the greater world of mathematical discovery.
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