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Google celebrates Omar Khayyam's 971st birthday with a sketch doodle
Internet search engine giant Google celebrates Omar Khayyam's 971st birthday with a framed sketch doodle. In the doodle, noted Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet Khayyam has been shown sitting under a tree with stretched legs and a notebook. The in background, birds, clouds, sun, earth, etc. have been shown. He is pointing towards the sky and making observations. The logo of Google is depicted on the lower side of the frame.
However, around the world, he is better known as a poet who got read widely when his works were translated into English by Edward FitzGerald in the fag end of the 19th century.


He was born in Nishapur of Iran in 1048 and was mentored by noted Persian scholars of that time and did notable work in astronomy leading to reform in time calculation and better colander. In his twenties, Khayyam was deeply interested in mathematics and made outstanding contributions in Algebra, balancing of algebraic equations, solving quadratic equations, and multiple solutions of cubic equations.



Though Khayyam (1048-1131), as a knowledge constructor ventured into philosophy, mathematics, astronomy and wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, etc., he got noticed in the Western world due to his poetry. 


One of Khayyam's Rubaiyat goes as follows: "To wisely live your life, you don't need to know much / Just remember two main rules for the beginning/ You better starve. 


Here is one of his philosophical thoughts: "Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet."

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