Definition:Algorism/Linguistic Note

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Linguistic Note on Algorism

During the Renaissance, the origin of the word algorism was uncertain.

According to 1997: Donald E. Knuth: The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms, various suggestions were made by linguists, for example:

  • from the Greek algiros (meaning painful) and arithmos (meaning number)
  • deriving from King Algor of Castile (whose actual identity $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ has not been able to establish)

but that eventually it was determined to have derived from the name Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi.