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Old 07-25-2007   #7
Ismail Eliat
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Zero was introduced by Indians. The west who were using roman numerals came to know trhough Arabs the numerals 0,1,2,3,4........9. That's why they are called Arabic Numerals. (for eg:- Check MS-Office-tools for language settings, everywhere it is called Arabic numerals.)Al-Khwarizmi, a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer[citation needed]. He was the founder of several branches and basic concepts of mathematics. In the words of Philip Hitti, Al Khawarizmi's contribution to mathematics influenced mathematical thought to a greater extent. His work on algebra initiated the subject in a systematic form and also developed it to the extent of giving ****ytical solutions of linear and quadratic equations, which established him as the founder of Algebra. The very name Algebra has been derived from his famous book Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah.His arithmetic synthesized Greek and Hindu knowledge and also contained his own contribution of fundamental importance to mathematics and science. Thus, he explained the use of zero, a numeral of fundamental importance developed by the Indians. And 'algorithm' or 'algorizm' is named after him.