Google creates doodle celebrating maths genius Omar Khayyam’s 971st birthday

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Google created, on Saturday, a creative doodle, celebrating the Persian mathematician Omar Khayyam 971st birthday.

 

Khayyam was best known for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations as well as his maths skills. He is also an astronomer and poet.

Born in Nishapur in northeastern Iran, Khayyam spent most of his life near the court of the Karakhanid and Seljuq rulers in the period which witnessed the First Crusade.

His work on the classification and solution of cubic equations is phenomenal of those times as he had provided geometric solutions by the intersection of cones.

Khayyam was first to give a general method for solving cubic equations. Although he didn’t consider negative roots, his methods were sufficient to find geometrically all real (positive or negative) roots of cubic equations.

In 2012 as well, Khayyam’s 964th birthday was also celebrated by the search engine with a special doodle which was very well received by users.

Apart from India, the doodle would also appear to Google users in Russia, the Middle East, North African nations, the US and Chile.

 

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