Omar Khayyám Born in Nishapur, at a young age he moved to Samarkand and obtained his education there. In Bukhara he became established as one of the major mathematicians and astronomers of the medieval period. He is the author of one of the most important treatises on algebra written before modern times, the Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra, which includes a geometric method for solving cubic equations by intersecting a hyperbola with a circle. Died in 1131.

Omar Khayyám Born in Nishapur, at a young age he moved to Samarkand and obtained his education there. In Bukhara he became established as one of the major mathematicians and astronomers of the medieval period. He is the author of one of the most important treatises on algebra written before modern times, the Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra, which includes a geometric method for solving cubic equations by intersecting a hyperbola with a circle. Died in 1131.

Quatrain 70 Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before I swore - but was I sober when I swore? And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.

Quatrain 70 Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before I swore - but was I sober when I swore? And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.

Edmund Dulac illustration in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Crossett Library Bennington College on Flickr.  Illustration by Edmund Dulac in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald. London

Edmund Dulac illustration in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Crossett Library Bennington College on Flickr. Illustration by Edmund Dulac in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald. London

Edmund Dulac illustration in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Crossett Library Bennington College on Flickr.  Illustration by Edmund Dulac in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald.

Edmund Dulac illustration in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Crossett Library Bennington College on Flickr. Illustration by Edmund Dulac in Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám. Rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald.

Quatrain 74 - Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám translated by Edward FitzGerald, 2009

Quatrain 74 - Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám translated by Edward FitzGerald, 2009

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - is a Persian book of over a 1000 poems, many of which whose plots have made it into our lexicon, such as a "a jug of wine, loaf of bread and thou" but my favorite is:          "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,      Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit      Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,      Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - is a Persian book of over a 1000 poems, many of which whose plots have made it into our lexicon, such as a "a jug of wine, loaf of bread and thou" but my favorite is: "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

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