The letter X stands for the unknown because Spanish people can’t say "sh". The word "sheiun" in Arabic means "something" and while translating Arabic algebra to Spanish in the 11th-12th century they replaced "sheiun" with the Greek X (Chi) which eventually reached us through Latin and became X. io9.gizmodo.com/why-do-we…
Today I learned about Richard Feynman who taught himself trigonometry, advanced algebra, infinite series, analytic geometry, and both differential and integral calculus at the age of 15. Later he jokingly Cracked the Safes with Atomic Secrets at Los Alamos by trying numbers he thought a physicist might use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
As a child, Einstein's Uncle Jakob introduced him to algebra and called it "a merry science". He compared algebra to hunting a little animal. You didn't know the name of the animal, so you called it "x". When you finally caught the animal you gave it the correct name mathematics-monster.com/a…
The word "algorithm" has its roots in the name of the Persian mathematician of al-Khwarizmi. The word "algebra" is derived from the Latinization of "al-jabr", part of the title of his most famous book. He also oversaw the translation of major Greek and Indian mathematical and astronomical texts. storyofmathematics.com/is…
Today I learned of Al-Khwarizmi, the father of Algebra, wrote a book containing solutions to linear, quadratic equations and other mathematical problems and presented them in words rather than in symbols. britannica.com/biography/…
Einstein actually had good grades in school, with the highest scores in his A-levels for algebra, geometry, descriptive geometry, history and physics. His reputation for being bad at school comes from his dislike of school authority, leading to clashes with teachers. gizmodo.com/einstein-actu…
Al-Khwarizmi from Baghdad around A.D. 800 worked on a value of pi calculated to four decimal digits: 3.1416. The term 'algorithm' derives from his name, and his text Kitab al-Jabr wal-Muqabala gives us the word 'algebra' (from al-Jabr, which means 'completion' or 'restoration') en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
In 1849 Civil War general D.H. Hill wrote an algebra textbook laced with anti-Northern insults. These included working out how fast soldiers from Indiana retreated and how many "old maids, childless-wives and bedlamites" attended a women's rights convention in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The reason we use x as the unknown in algebra is because there is no sh sound in Spanish. youtu.be/YX_OxBfsvbk
Math functions, such as the exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, are called "transcendental functions". They're said to "transcend" algebra in that they can't be expressed in terms of a finite sequence of the algebraic operations of addition, multiplication and root extraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
In the 16th century, prestigious mathematics professorships could be "won" by defeating the current professor in a public algebra competition storyofmathematics.com/16…
The mathematical field Algebra is named after the book "Al-jabr" by Islamic mathematician Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, the founder of algebra and whose name led to the word, algorithm. famousscientists.org/muha…
Today I learned that John Urschel, offensive line guard for the Baltimore Ravens has a BS and Masters in mathematics from Penn State, and just finished his first 4 classes of his PhD program in spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra and machine learning. With straight As. espn.com/blog/baltimore-r…
The Pascal's triangle which is coefficience of a binomial expansion of the form (x + y)^n has application in algebra, multidimensional geometrics, fractals , probability in domain of combinatorics or simple doodling. youtu.be/XMriWTvPXHI
In mathematics, abstract nonsense is a term used by mathematicians to describe abstract methods related to category theory and homological algebra en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abs…
Danica McKellar, who played Winnie on The Wonder Years, quit acting to become a mathematician - writing books such as Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves danicamckellar.com/
Algebra is based on arabic al-jebr meaning "reunion of broken parts" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alg…
Today I learned of George Ray Tweed, who avoided Japanese capture from 1941 to 1943 in Guam with help from the local Chamorro people. During that time, he published an underground newspaper, made shoes, and studied algebra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The word "algebra," like our numerals, is derived from Arabic, namely the word "al-jabr." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alg…
X represents the unknown in Algebra only because there isn't a 'sh' sound in Spanish. The Arabic word شيٌؑ (shay'on, literally 'something') was originally used to denote the unknown in a math equation. It was translated to Chi (X) when the Arabs brought Algebra to Spain. ted.com/talks/terry_moore…
There was a 'father of algebra' before Al-Khwarizmi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Stephen King took one of his novels out of print – β€œRage” about a boy who kills two teachers and takes his Algebra class hostage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
Islamic inheritance is so complex that it "served as an impetus behind the development of algebra" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Neither Algebra nor "Arabic" Numerals are Arabic, but rather Indian. freerepublic.com/focus/bl…
For a brief period American grade students were taught abstract and modern mathematics like Set Theory and Abstract Algebra instead of primitive stuff like arithmetic because the U.S. wanted good mathematicians for the space race en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of the Collatz conjecture, a simple, but impossible to prove math problem. Apply two steps of basic algebra to any natural number indefinitely, you will always reach 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The "Dark Ages" were very poorly named (it was the age of algebra, international banking, and advances in medicine, science, and astronomy). youtube.com/watch?v=JZDe9…
0.9999.... = 1 or you break algebra! youtu.be/rT1sIVqonE8?t=2m…
There is an acclaimed mathematician named Jacques Tits, whose contributions to algebra include Tits buildings, the Tits group, the Tits alternative, the Tits-Koecher construction, and the Kneser-Tits conjecture. [Totally SFW] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The President of Turkmenistan banned algebra, physics, P.E., the Internet, the Hippocratic Oath, libraries, free press, recorded music, smoking, beards, chewing tobacco, ballet, opera, the circus, symphonic orchestras, etc. badassoftheweek.com/niyaz…
Famous scientist Michael Faraday, one of the greatest chemists and electrical physicists in history, had only basic mathematical abilities, not extending past basic algebra en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The completion of the theorem of Group Theory, an important branch of abstract algebra, required more than 10,000 journal pages published over a period of 50 years and is considered to be the greatest mathematical achievement of the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
"Algorithm" comes from a Persian mathematician named al-KhwārizmΔ«. The word "Algebra" is also derived from his work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MuαΈ₯…
Humans were considered the first computers starting in the early 17th century. These individuals would compute long calculations pertaining to algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and astronomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
The father of abstract algebra was killed at 20 years old in a duel. He stood up to a duel knowing he would lose. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/É…
The word "algebra" is an Arabic phrase meaning "reunion of broken parts" etymonline.com/?term=alge…
The word algebra comes from the Arabic word for "reunion of broken parts" -- Al-Jabr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alg…
We solve for X in common algebra because the Spanish don't say "sh" npr.org/2015/03/06/388518…
In 1882, there were job postings to recruit 'computers,' those skilled in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and astronomy query.nytimes.com/mem/arc…
Lovecraft struggled with basic algebra to such an extent he failed to graduate High School, and had to abandon his desired career of scientist. He was so ashamed of the fact he would often lie about it, claiming his failure to attend a university was due to "nervous breakdown" yankeeclassic.com/miskato…
He was doing algebra before his 1st birthday, at 7 he was invited by NASA to finish his college studies in the states. He is Kim Ung-Young. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/K…
The term 'algebra' comes from a Persian mathematician's book, roughly translating to 'completion and balancing'. In arabic, that is spelt 'al-jabr'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mu%…
The word "algorithm" comes from the name of al-KhwārizmΔ«, a 9th century Baghdad mathematician whose book "al-Jabr" (et al) is the source of the word "algebra" britannica.com/EBchecked/…
Until a 2012 divestment, the McGraw-Hill company sold algebra textbooks in its publications division while running the S&P 500 in its financial division. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McG…
Algorithm is the Latin form of this man's name and he coined the term "al-jabr" or algebra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
One of the early uses of algebra was to figure out how to divide a Muslim's wealth after their death. slate.com/id/2274560/
Indian Mathematician-Astronomer Aryabhata created treatise that " covers arithmetic, algebra, plane trigonometry, and spherical trigonometry....continued fractions, quadratic equations, sums-of-power series, and a table of sines"...at the age of 23 in the year 499CE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4…
The word "Algebra" comes from Arabic, and means "the science of restoration" und.nodak.edu/instruct/lg…
Why the Babylonians were good at algebra but poor at geometry and vice versa for the Greeks reddit.com/r/cogsci/comme…
James Woods enrolled in linear algebra at UCLA when he was in high school businessinsider.com/smart…
The word "algebra" originally comes from the Arabic word "al-jabr" which means "reunion of broken parts" todayifoundout.com/index.…
The origins of the words: Booze, Algebra, Rock n Roll, Bacon, Geek, Plastic, Cricket (the sport), Smart Alec, Pipe Dream, and Earth. todayifoundout.com/index.…

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