The history of algebra began in Egypt, Babylon, India, and eventually spread throughout the world via the Arabs. The word algebra is an Arabic word al-jabr, meaning the reunion of broken parts. This best describes the method for solving both sides of an equation. Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizimi or Father of Algebra is one of the greatest mathematicians ever known as well as the most influential for writing down the first algebraic calculations in place of the abacus; which is a mechanical device that used beads or balls that moved on a rod for calculations. One of al-Khwarizimi’s books, al-Kitab al mukhtasar fi Hisab al jabr w’al muqabala, shows how to solve basic equations and then moves in to the business of practical applications. Al-jabr is about removing negative terms from equations and al-muqabala is balancing the values of an equation across an equal sign.
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