Omar Khayyám

Omar Khayyám
File:Omar Khayyam2.JPG
EraIslamic Golden Age
RegionPersian scholar
SchoolPersian mathematics, Persian poetry, Persian philosophy
Main interests
Poetry, Mathematics, Islamic philosophy, Astronomy
Template:Wikidata image Omar Khayyām (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) or Omar Khayyam (b. May 18 1048 Nishapur, (Iran) – d. December 4 1131) was a Persian, mathematician, astronomer and poet.

In mathematics he contributed to the theory of equations, to the understanding of the parallel axiom, and possibly to the generalization of the binomial theorem. As an astronomer he contributed to a calendar reform when Sultan Malik-Shah decided that the calendar needed some adjusting. He is best known for his agnostic and sceptic poetry, largely because of the publication in 1859 of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by the translator Edward Fitzgerald.


  • E.G. Browne. Literary History of Persia. (Four volumes, 2,256 pages, and 25 years in the writing). 1998. Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error: No such module "check isxn".
  • Jan Rypka, History of Iranian Literature. Reidel Publishing Company. 1968. Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error: No such module "check isxn".

Related pages

Other websites

  • Script error: No such module "Gutenberg".
  • The Persian Poet ( - Contains the translations by Edward FitzGerald and a biography.
  • The Rubaiyat
  • On Omar's solutions to cubic equations
  • Khayyam, Umar. A biography by Professor Iraj Bashiri, University of Minnesota.
  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Omar Khayyám", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  • The Quatrains of Omar Khayyam