Definition:Algebra (Mathematical Branch)

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This page is about algebra in the context of mathematical branch. For other uses, see algebra.


Algebra is the branch of mathematics which studies the techniques of manipulation of objects and expressions.

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Historical Note

Definition:Algebra (Mathematical Branch)/Historical Note

Linguistic Note

The word algebra originates from the Arabic word al-ğabr, meaning balancing, reduction or restoration.

It originates from the name of a book, circa $825$ C.E., by Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi:

Al-Kitāb al-muḫtaṣar fī ḥisāb al-ğabr wa-l-muqābala (The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing)