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Mirza Nezam de Gaffary: The Loneliest Mathematician

Asghari, AH (2024) Mirza Nezam de Gaffary: The Loneliest Mathematician. Mathematical Culture and Thought, 42 (2). pp. 221-263. ISSN 1022-6443

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Mirza Nezam‎, ‎a mathematician of the Qajar era educated in France‎, ‎endeavored to Persianize the mathematical knowledge he acquired by devising a Farsi-inspired notation system‎. ‎This task was daunting‎, ‎given Iran's significant mathematical lag compared to Europe‎. ‎Did he succeed? The answer may be known‎, ‎but not the extent of his attempt‎. ‎Now‎, ‎recent discoveries of his extensive mathematical writings provide‎, ‎for the first time‎, ‎an opportunity to assess his efforts comprehensively‎. ‎These findings enable a closer examination of his attempts and their implications within Iran's mathematical progress‎. ‎This paper not only recounts Mirza Nezam's life but also delves into his mathematical contributions‎, ‎arguing that his work represents a unique anomaly that defies comparison with the prevailing mathematical practices of his era in Iran.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: history of mathematics in Iran; mathematics notational system; Mirza Nezam de Gaffary; Monhandes al-Mamalek; Qajar
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Iranian Mathematical Society
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 13:11
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 13:11
DOI or ID number: 10.30504/MCT.2024.1458.2026
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23191
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