From __Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications__, Sixth Edition, by Kenneth Rosen:

Abu Ja’Far Mohammed Ibn Musa al-Khowarizmi (C. 780 – C. 850)

al Khowarizmi, an astronomer and mathematician, was a member of the House of Wisdom, an academy of scientists in Baghdad. The name al-Khowarizmi means “from the town of Kowarzizm,” which was then part of Persia, but is now called Khiva and is part of Uzbekistan. al-Khowarizmi wrote books on mathematics, astronomy, and geography. Western Europeans first learned about algebra from his works. The word algebra comes from al-jabr, part of the title of his book __Kitab al-jabr w’al muquabala__. The book was translated into Latin and was a widely used textbook. His book on the use of Hindu numerals describes procedures for arithmetic operations using these numerals. European authors used a Latin corruption of his name, which later evolved to the word *algorithm*, to describe the subject of arithmetic with Hindu numerals.

My two most favorite words, algebra and algorithm, from the mind of one man………who knew?

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