WHO IS considered to be the father of algebra?
While the word algebra comes from the Arabic language ( al-jabr "restoration") and much of its methods from Arabic/Islamic mathematics, its roots can be traced to earlier traditions, which had a direct influence on Muhammad ibn Ms al-Khwrizm (c. 780850). He later wrote The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing, which established algebra as a mathematical discipline that is independent of geometry and arithmetic.
The roots of algebra can be traced to the ancient Babylonians, who developed an advanced arithmetical syst ...more
Consequently he is considered to be the father of algebra, a title he shares with Diophantus. Latin translations of his Arithmetic, on the Indian numerals, introduced the decimal positional number system to the Western world in the 12th century. He revised and updated Ptolemy's Geography as well as writing several works on astronomy and astrology.
His contributions not only made a great impact on mathematics, but on language as well. The word algebra is derived from al-jabr, one of the two operations used to solve quadratic equations, as described in his book.
For complete intro: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Khwarizmi