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Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern$
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Robin Wilson and John J. Watkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656592

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656592.001.0001

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Islamic combinatorics

Islamic combinatorics

(p.83) Chapter 3 Islamic combinatorics
Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern


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Combinatorics, considered in its general sense as the collection of manipulations and the study of configurations [1], appeared relatively early in such areas of medieval Arab intellectual activity as astrology, lexicography, music, chemistry, and even philosophy. Following the resurgence of traditional disciplines (such as geometry, the theory of numbers, and astronomy) and the development of new ones (such as algebra, Indian calculation, and trigonometry), new combinatorial preoccupations then arose, linked to the study of theoretical questions.

Keywords:   Islam, manipulations, configurations, medieval, theoretical

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