Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam (1048 - 1123) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet. He was largely unknown to English-speaking readers until a collection of his quatrains were translated in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by the English writer Edward FitzGerald in 1859. Darrow was particularly fond of Khayyam and quoted from the Rubaiyat in some of his closing arguments and in his autobiography.