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Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was an outstanding mathematician and astronomer. He was also a well-known poet, philosopher, scientist, and physician. He reformed the solar calendar in 1079 CE and his work on Algebra was highly valued throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. He wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music. However, Khayyam’s poetic work had eclipsed his fame as a mathematician. Each of his quatrains reveal a man of deep thought, troubled by the questions of the nature of reality and the eternal, the impermanence and uncertainty of life, and man’s relationship to God. The idyllic nature of the modest pleasures he celebrates, however, cannot dispel his honest and straightforward brooding over fundamental metaphysical questions. Khayyam’s personal beliefs are discernible from his poetic oeuvre. In his own writings, Khayyam rejects strict religious structure and a literalist conception of the afterlife.

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