Omar Khayyam

1048 - 1122

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Omar Khayyam was an Islamic scholar who was a poet as well as a mathematician. He compiled astronomical tables and contributed to calendar reform and discovered a geometrical method of solving cubic equations by intersecting a parabola with a circle.
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List of References (27 books/articles)

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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Khayyam information
  3. NNDB
  4. Muslim scientists
  1. MIT (The Rubaiyat)
  2. Kevin Brown (On the cubic)
  3. University of Georgia (Geometric solution of the cubic)

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