Thabit Ibn Qurra Facts
Thabit Ibn Qurra Facts

Interesting Thabit Ibn Qurra Facts: 

Thabit was born in Harran, Turkey. 
Thabit was a member of the Sabian sect which worshipped stars and studied astronomy. 
He came from a prominent family in Harran. 
He studied in Baghdad which was the center of a revival of Islamic education. 
He studied mathematics, astronomy, astrology, magic, medicine and philosophy. 
Thabit became friends with the Abbasid Caliph alMu'tadid who became his patron. 
Thabit was fluent in Greek and Arabic and his native, Syriac. 
He translated many important works from Greek into Arabic, including those of Archimedes, Euclid and Ptolemy. 
Though Archimedes original work describing the construction of a regular heptagon is lost, Thabit's translation was discovered in the 20th century. 
In a Latin text Thabit described the length of a year as 365 days, 9 minutes and 12 seconds which is an error of 2 seconds. 
In mechanics he wrote a book on the beam balance which proves the principle of equilibrium of levers. 
He was the founder of statics. 
In mathematics he discovered the equation for determining amicable numbers. 
He described the ratios between geometrical quantities. 
He studied physics and determined that the order of the universe is a result of two competing attractions. 
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