Ahmad Banu Musa

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about 805
Baghdad, Iraq
after 873
Baghdad, Iraq

Ahmad Banu Musa was one of the three Bana Musa brothers. He wrote about mechanics.


The three Banu Musa brothers are almost indistinguishable and most of the information is at THIS LINK. However, there is some information specific to the second brother: Ahmed ibn Musa ibn Shakir.

He wrote one texts under his own name on mechanics On mechanics is a treatise on pneumatic devices. Another text on the theory of the balance was written by the three brother but probably Ahmad played the leading role.

References (show)

  1. Al-Dabbagh, Biography in Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York 1970-1990). See THIS LINK.
  2. D El-Dabbah, The geometrical treatise of the ninth-century Baghdad mathematicians Banu Musa (Russian), in History Methodology Natur. Sci., No. V, Math. Izdat. (Moscow, 1966), 131-139.
  3. Banu Musa, The Encyclopaedia of Islam VII (Leiden, 1993), 640-641.
  4. Banu Musa, Encyclopaedia Iranica III (London, 1989), 716-717.
  5. R Rashed, Archimedean learning in the Middle Ages : the Banu Musa, Historia Sci. (2) 6 (1) (1996), 1-16.
  6. T Sato, Quadrature of the surface area of a sphere in the early Middle Ages - Johannes de Tinemue and Banu Musa, Historia Sci. No. 28 (1985), 61-90.

Additional Resources (show)

Other websites about Ahmad Banu Musa:

  1. Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Written by J J O'Connor and E F Robertson
Last Update November 1999