Annual Islamic Symposium On The Arts And Sciences

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Siddarth Kumar
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Mathematics News Article

Annual Islamic Symposium on The Arts and Sciences

Inside Dover-Sherborn Regional High School In Room 214 the Annual Islamic Symposium on The Arts and Sciences has just concluded. The symposium was one of the most important events of our time, where notable scholars and key figures met in the “House of Wisdom” in order to hold panel discussions and present displays on the advancements in the fields of Art and Science through the 15th century. Mathematics took center stage at the symposium with Al-Khwarizmi speaking about history of his field during the Arab empire and discussing major contributors to the field. Arabic Mathematics derived from the simple system of finger reckoning, using one 's fingers in order to do basic forms of arithmetic. After some time “Finger reckoning started to disappear with the introduction of Hindu arithmetic, the base for the current scheme of numeration and calculation” (Esposito 184). Hindu numerals were used for these basic forms of arithmetic more efficiently than Finger reckoning. This numeric system was easier for calculations, rather than using Roman numerals, which is why it is considered a great achievement-moved the possibilities of mathematics ahead. It was a base ten counting system that originated in India and Al-Khwarizmi was the first person outside of India to rework this system, giving us the Arabic numerals, which the numbers we use today are derived from. The abacus was the…

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