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The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance / Jim Al-Khalili.

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Anderson - Anderson Main Library 509.17 Al-Khalili Jim (Text) 22960000349414 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Anderson - Pendleton Branch 509.17 Al-Khalili Jim (Text) 27093863 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
 Presented by: the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association and Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University, 2013. [ SM/TS 04-04-2013 @ ACL-MAIN ]
Anderson - Powdersville Branch 509.17 Al-Khalili Jim (Text) 27093855 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
 Presented by: the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association and Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University, 2013. [ SM/TS 04-04-2013 @ ACL-MAIN ]

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781594202797
  • ISBN: 1594202796
  • Physical Description: xxix, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A dream of Aristotle -- The rise of Islam -- Translation -- The lonely alchemist -- The house of wisdom -- Big science -- Numbers -- Algebra -- The philosopher -- The medic -- The physicist -- The prince and the pauper -- Andalusia -- The Marāgha Revolution -- Decline and Renaissance -- Science and Islam today -- Timeline : then Islamic world from antiquity to the beginning of the modern period.
Summary, etc.:
Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science were actually the result of Arab ingenuity: Astronomers laid the foundations for the heliocentric model of the solar system long before Copernicus; physicians accurately described blood circulation and the inner workings of the eye ages before Europeans solved those mysteries; physicists made discoveries that laid the foundation for Newton's theories of optics. But the most significant legacy of Middle Eastern science was its evidence-based approach-the lack of which kept Europeans in the dark throughout the Dark Ages. The father of this experimental approach to science-what we call the scientific method-was an Iraqi physicist who applied it centuries before Europeans first dabbled in it. Al-Khalili details not only how discoveries like these were made, but also how they changed European minds and how they were ultimately obscured by later Western versions of the same principles.
Subject: Science > Arab countries > History.
Science > Philosophy > History.
Science, Medieval.
Science > Methodology > History.
Arab countries > Intellectual life.
Science, Renaissance.
HISTORY > World.
HISTORY > Middle East > General.
Science > Islamic countries > History.
Science > Arab countries > History.
Religion and science.
Islam > Influence.
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