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Introduction to Design & Analysis of Algorithms

Introduction To Design & Analysis Of Algorithms

Authors:
Anany Levitin
Exercise:
1.1 Exercise
Chapter:
Introduction
Edition:
3
ISBN:
9780132316811
Question:
1

 

Question

1.1 Do some research on al-Khorezmi (also al-Khwarizmi), the man from whose name the word “algorithm” is derived. In particular, you should learn what the origins of the words “algorithm” and “algebra” have in common.

Answer

In the early 9th Century,  one of the first Directors of the House of Wisdom in Bagdad was an outstanding Persian mathematician called Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi.

The word “algorithm” is derived from the Latinization of his name.

The word “algebra” is derived from the Latinization of “al-jabr“, part of the title of his most famous book, in which he introduced the fundamental algebraic methods and techniques for solving equations.

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