April 2, 2021 at 8:45 pm

Mathematics Colloquium | Al-Kashi’s 1427 Miftah al-Hisab textbook: a 21st Century Translation and Reading, April 14

The Mathematics Colloquium series presents Dr. Lakhdar Hammoudi discussing “Al-Kashi’s 1427 Miftah al-Hisab textbook: a 21st century translation and reading” on Wednesday, April 14, at 4 p.m.

Hammoudi is associate professor of Mathematics at Ohio University’s Chillicothe Campus.

Abstract: The book Miftah al-Hisab written in Arabic by al-Kashi in 1427 is considered as the synthesis and culmination of Islamic progress in mathematics at the time. Our recent translation (with Nuh Aydin) of this work in three volumes; Arithmetic, Geometry, and Algebra, published by Birkhauser, sheds light on new historical views of the state of Islamic mathematics at the time. We explore the historical and mathematical making of a textbook that has been used for many centuries.

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