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NoteThis material is taken from a long and charming article about AlKhorezmi, his work and his times, by Heinz Zemanek of Vienna, Austria. In September 1979, in what was (give or take a year or two) the 1200th anniversary of AlKhorezmi's birth, mathematicians marked the occasion by convening at the site of the Khorazem oasis a conference "Algorithms in Modern Mathematics and Computer Science." Dr. Zemanek's article opens the bound proceedings of that conference, edited by A.P. Ershov and D.E. Knuth and published in 1981 by Springer Verlag as volume 122 of "Lecture Notes in Computer Science."Further ExplorationAnother great Moslem contributor to the development of algebra was Omar Khayyam (10441123), author of the famous "Rubaiyat" poems, masterfully translated in 1839 into English by Edward Fitzgerald. Acording to the above source, Khayyam ("tentmaker," his "takhallus" or poetical name) authored Maqalat fialJabr wa alMuqabila which (among other things) used conics to obtain solutions of cubic equations.For a general inventory of web sites on the history of mathematics look here. 
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