Abu al Wafa’, Islamic figure in mathematics

It is no secret, there are many Muslim scientists who contributed greatly in advancing the civilization that became the foundation for modern humans. Their dedication encompasses things such as science, engineering, socioeconomic and political. One of the most meritorious is the figure of Abu al Wafa’. He is known to be a genius in mathematics and astronomy.

In addition to being clever, the world is grateful for its services to discover the Trigonometric Identity Formula that is widely used in the field of architecture and modern education. He is also very good at astronomy, the movement of stars and celestial bodies. These works are now widely applied by all developed countries in the world.

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Abu al Wafa', Islamic figure in mathematics
Abu al Wafa’, Islamic figure in mathematics

Abu al-Wafa’ whose full name is Muhammad bin Yahya bin Ismail bin al-‘Abbas Abu al-Wafa’ al-Buzjani, was born on 1 Ramadan 328 H or June 10, 940 AD. Since childhood, he has shown signs of genius in him. This is evident from the great interest of Abu al-Wafa’ small study of science.

He studied mathematics from his uncles, Abu Umar al-Maghazli, and Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Ataba. While in the field of geometry, he knew it from Abu Yahya al-Marudi and Abu al-Ala’ Ibn Karnib.

Lead a leading scientific institute in Baghdad, Iraq

Abu al Wafa', Islamic figure in mathematics
Abu al Wafa’, Islamic figure in mathematics

Abu al Wafa’ spent his youth attending school in his hometown. After completing his primary and secondary education in 959 AD, he, then 19 years old, moved to Baghdad. Decided to study there and stay for 40 years.

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Baghdad is an option because it is a city that is the center of world science. Armed with his intelligence, Abu al Wafa’ was appointed by the kingdom to lead the astronomical observatory in the city.

His work that enlightens european civilization and the world

Abu al Wafa', Islamic figure in mathematics
Abu al Wafa’, Islamic figure in mathematics

In addition to Abu al-Wafa’s extensive work in mathematics and astronomy, several of his books of science were translated into Latin. One of them is called Al-kamil. It was translated into French by Carra de Vaux in 1892.

Not only that, Abu al Wafa has also contributed to correcting the fallacy of Ptolemy’s theory of the motion of the Moon in the famous classic book, almagest. He was even ordained as an inventor who researched the second part of the Moon’s evection by the 19th-century French scholar, L.A. Sedillot.

The mathematics trigonometric formula

One of abu al-Wafa’s greatest contributions was discovering the formula Trigonometry. Where this method is used to develop the tangent function and find a way to calculate trigonometric tables.

This science has a very vital role in the modern world of mathematics. Architects are required to master Trigonometry in order to make the foundation of the building suitable. All is done and measured according to the standard rules proposed by Abu al Wafa’.

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