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Omar Khayyám عمر خیام, (May 18, 1048 - December 4, 1123), was born in Nishapur, Iran. He was originally named Ghiyath al-Din Abu'l-Fath Omar ibn Ibrahim Al-Nisaburi Khayyámi(غياث الدين ابو الفتح عمر بن ابراهيم خيام نيشابوري. Khayyám means "tentmaker" in the Persian language.


Omar Khayyám the mathematician

He was famous during his lifetime as a mathematician and astronomer who calculated how to correct the Persian calendar. On March 15, 1079, Sultan Jalal al-Din Malekshah Saljuqi (1072-1092) put Omar's corrected calendar into effect, as in Europe Julius Caesar had done in 46 B.C. with the corrections of Sosigenes, and as Pope Gregory XIII would do in February 1552 with Aloysius Lilius' corrected calendar (although Britain would not switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar until 1751, and Russia would not switch until 1918).

He is also well known for inventing the method of solving cubic equations by intersecting a parabola with a circle. In addition he discovered the binomial expansion, and authored proofs exploring properties of figures in non-euclidean geometry.

Omar Khayyám the astronomer

In 1073, the Malik-Shah, ruler of Isfahan, invited Khayyám to build and work with an observatory, along with various other distinguished scientists. Eventually, Khayyám very accurately (correct to within six decimal places) measured the length of the year as 365.24219858156 days.

He was famous in Persian and Islamic world for his astronomical observations. He built a (now lost) map of stars in the sky.

Omar Khayyám and Islam

The philosophy of Omar Khayyám was quite different from official Islamic dogmas. It is not clear whether he believed in the existence of God or not, but he objected to the notion that every particular event and phenomenon was the result of divine intervention; nor did he believe in any Judgment Day or rewards and punishments after life. Instead he supported the view that laws of nature explained all phenomena of observed life. Religious officials asked him many times to explain his different views about Islam. Khayyám eventually was obliged to make a hajj [pilgrimage] to Mecca in order to prove he was a faithful follower of the religion.

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Omar Khayyam's mausoleum in Nishapur, Iran

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The palace where Jamshid held his cup
The doe and the fox now rest and sup
Bahram who hunted game non-stop
Was hunted by death when his time was up. 
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Alas the youthful fire is a dying ember
The spring of life has reached December
What is termed youth, I vaguely remember
But know not whence and how from life's chamber.
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This Old World we've named Cosmos by mistake
Is the graveyard of nights & days, no more awake
And a feast that hundred Jamshid's did break
And a throne that hundred Bahram's did make.
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This clay pot like a lover once in heat
A lock of hair his senses did defeat
The handle that has made the bottleneck its own seat
Was once the embrace of a lover that entreat.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cg rommel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Dec-2005 at 09:14
i cant see the pictures in your posts.... except for the first one....
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Yeah, same.
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Originally posted by cg rommel cg rommel wrote:

i cant see the pictures in your posts.... except for the first one....

I dont know the reason, But
The pix are Poems in Parsi,
If you want to know how these Pronounce in Parsi, I can type them in Latin letters.


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In childhood we strove to go to school,
Our turn to teach, joyous as a rule
The end of the story is sad and cruel
From dust we came, and gone with winds cool.
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I can't see it, still.
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Heaven is incomplete without a heavenly romance
Let a glass of wine be my present circumstance
Take what is here now, let go of a promised chance
A drumbeat is best heard from a distance.
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Tonight I shall embrace a gallon cup
With at least two cups of wine I'll sup
I'll divorce my mind and religion stop
With daughter of vine, all night I'll stay up.

 

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Those who went in pursuit of knowledge
Soared up so high, stretched the edge
Were still encaged by the same dark hedge
Brought us some tales ere life to death pledge.
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Weird, but i do see the blue text below..... 
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lool, same
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u can just right click on the x and go to properties, then copy the web address and paste it in your browser.  But the pictures are of text in Persian script, tell me u guys can read that and I will be impressed.. hehe. 
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it's a relief that nobody labels this one to some other nationalities.

one of my favorites: (I'm flattered, it was easy to find the translation on the web!)

The caravan of life shall always pass
Beware that is fresh as sweet young grass
Let’s not worry about what tomorrow will amass
Fill my cup again, this night will pass (!), alas!
"I won't laugh if a philosophy halves the moon"
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They say in heaven are beautiful lovers
Sweet taste of wine in the air hovers
Fear not if succumbed to same earthly powers
In the end the same, one discovers.
 
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O friend, for the morrow let us not worry
This moment we have now, let us not hurry
When our time comes, we shall not tarry
With seven thousand-year-olds, our burden carry.
 
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Khayyam, if you are intoxicated with wine, enjoy!
If you are seated with a lover of thine, enjoy!
In the end, the Void the whole world employ
Imagine thou art not, while waiting in line, enjoy!
 
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