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The Mathematics of Magic Carpets (2013)
Sara Maitland
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A story that brings the mathematician , inventor of what we call "algebra", to life. He talks to his daughter about his goals of adding something new to mathematics that could be claimed by Muslim culture, just as the Greeks had with geometry and the Hindus with their number system. The story is followed by a non-fictional "afterword" that provides some historical and mathematical context.

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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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