The world would have been a much better place if there were no muslims

March 30, 2016, 11:44 pm

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The debate "The world would have been a much better place if there were no muslims" was started by president on March 30, 2016, 11:44 pm. 5 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 10 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

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president, fadi, ProudAmerican888 and 2 visitors agree.
Sosocratese, RyanWakefield, ReadyToBegin, inkaanabi_20, PsychDave, djchivers, supercat and 3 visitors disagree.

you guys must differentiate between early arabs people from the time of muhammad and abbasid arabic civilization and the inventors in the abbasid rule were not arabs but were assyrians and persians

3 years, 7 months ago
Sosocratese
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If you want to get technical, Zero was invented by several cultures independently; the Babylonians, Myans, and Indians. Aryabhatta is thought to have gotten the concept of 0 from the Babylonians. However, he never actually developed a symbol for it. While he did not use a symbol for zero, the French mathematician Georges Ifrah argues that knowledge of zero was implicit in Aryabhata's place-value system as a place holder for the powers of ten with null coefficients. So he never used it, he simply treated it as a placeholder like the Japanese did with their counting sticks.

Mu?ammad ibn M?s? al-Khw?rizm? was the first to describe 0 as a mathematical entity, assigned the modern symbol to the zero value, and through it's use became one of the fathers of Algebra. Mu?ammad ibn M?s? al-Khw?rizm?'s writing introduced Zero to the west. His book "Algoritmi de numero Indorum" was the conduit for the knowledge spreading to the West. It was his writings that let us use Zero rather than simply treat it as a placeholder. That is an important distinction to make. Simply having a zero value to hold a place in your counting is one thing. However, actually using the zero value to do complex arrhythmic is a unique invention by the Muslim world.

Professor Victor J. Katz writes: "Most early algebra works in Europe in fact recognized that the first algebra works in that continent were translations of the work of al-Khwärizmï and other Islamic authors. There was also some awareness that much of plane and spherical trigonometry could be attributed to Islamic authors"

The Muslim world also brought us some of the greatest advances in medicine. The Islamic scholars gathered vast amounts of information, from around the known world, adding their own observations and developing techniques and procedures that would form the basis of modern medicine. In the history of medicine, Islamic medicine stands out as the period of greatest advance, certainly before the technology of the Twentieth Century.

The Islamic culture of the middle ages was the greatest preserver and purveyor of knowledge at the time. They disseminated ancient knowledge and came to improve upon it in almost every discipline. The Arabic contribution to the fields of Astronomy, Medicine, Physics, Philosophy, Mathematics, and Chemistry is undeniable.

3 years, 7 months ago
president
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mr.sococratese you got everthing right but not about 0. 0 was invented by indian mathematician aryabhatta. he was not muslim but hindu. i think you forgot. ha. ha

3 years, 7 months ago

Except that we wouldn't have Arabic numbers (you know, the decimal number system we use for all of our math), we wouldn't have the concept of 0, we wouldn't have algebra, we would have lost many of the advancements made by the ancient greeks (many of their works only survive as translated versions into Arabic due to the destruction of their texts in the dark ages of Europe, they established many principles of the scientific method, made great strides in the study of optics, produced some of the best Astronomical maps, advanced our understanding of celestial movement (many of which influenced Copernicus and others later on).....

3 years, 7 months ago
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