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A history of Arabic sciences and mathematics

Author: Rushdī Rāshid; Nader El-Bizri
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge ; [Beirut, Lebanon?] : Centre for Arab Unity Studies, 2012-<2013>
Series: Culture and civilisation in the Middle East, v. 29, 33, 36.
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"In this unique insight into the history and philosophy of mathematics and science in the mediaeval Arab world, the eminent scholar Roshdi Rashed illuminates the various historical, textual and epistemic threads that underpinned the history of Arabic mathematical and scientific knowledge up to the seventeenth century. The first of five wide-ranging and comprehensive volumes, this book provides a detailed exploration  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rushdī Rāshid; Nader El-Bizri
ISBN: 9780415582179 0415582172 9780203636596 0203636597 9780415582186 0415582180 9780203084342 0203084349 9780415582155 0415582156 9780203597705 0203597702
OCLC Number: 654316829
Description: v. <1-3> : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: V. 1. Founding figures and commentators in Arabic mathematics --
v. 2. Ibn al-Haytham and analytical mathematics --
v. 3. Ibn al-Haytham's Theory of conics, geometrical constructions and practical geometry.
Series Title: Culture and civilisation in the Middle East, v. 29, 33, 36.
Other Titles: Founding figures and commentators in Arabic mathematics.
Ibn al-Haytham and analytical mathematics.
Responsibility: Roshdi Rashed.

Abstract:

"In this unique insight into the history and philosophy of mathematics and science in the mediaeval Arab world, the eminent scholar Roshdi Rashed illuminates the various historical, textual and epistemic threads that underpinned the history of Arabic mathematical and scientific knowledge up to the seventeenth century. The first of five wide-ranging and comprehensive volumes, this book provides a detailed exploration of Arabic mathematics and sciences in the ninth and tenth centuries. Extensive and detailed analyses and annotations support a number of key Arabic texts, which are translated here into English for the first time. In this volume Rashed focuses on the traditions of celebrated polymaths from the ninth and tenth centuries 'School of Baghdad' - such as the Ban ︣Ms︣,́ Thb́it ibn Qurra, Ibrh́m̋ ibn Sinń, Ab ︣Jaþfar al-Khźin, Ab ︣Sahl Wayjan ibn Rustḿ al-Qh︣ ̋- and eleventh-century Andalusian mathematicians like Ab ︣al-Qśim ibn al-Samh, and al-Mu'taman ibn Hd︣. The Archimedean-Apollonian traditions of these polymaths are thematically explored to illustrate the historical and epistemological development of 'infinitesimal mathematics' as it became more clearly articulated in the eleventh-century influential legacy of al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham ('Alhazen'). Contributing to a more informed and balanced understanding of the internal currents of the history of mathematics and the exact sciences in Islam, and of its adaptive interpretation and assimilation in the European context, this fundamental text will appeal to historians of ideas, epistemologists, mathematicians at the most advanced levels of research"--
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