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Juan Cena wrote:
Arab science & technology was basically built on the Greek and Roman texts that they translated. And it only went as far as Islam would allow it.
(and why are you making it sound like I was backing Niktrist's stupid argument?)
the arab mathematicians contributed to the familiar arabic numerals and place-value system we are still using today, the decimal system. greek and roman mathematics was held back because of their lack of a place-value system. if you've ever done arithmetic with roman numerals, e.g. LXIII + XCVII = CLX, then you'd notice the inherent superiority of the decimal system, e.g. 63 + 97 = 160. descartes' coordinatization of space in analytic geometry would be impossible without this development. the arab mathematicians also made significant contributions to algebra. the words "algebra" and "algorithm" are still around today to honor their work.
one thing i've always liked about mathematics is the idea that a small handful of really smart people of all skin tones worked on building up this beautiful structure over the centuries, to the benefit of all.