The Resource Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world, John Freely

Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world, John Freely

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Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world
Title
Aladdin's lamp
Title remainder
how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world
Statement of responsibility
John Freely
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Aladdin's Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their ideas throughout the Islamic world from Central Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, most notably Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroes, adding their own interpretations to the philosophy and science they had inherited. Freely goes on to show how, beginning in the twelfth century, these texts by Islamic scholars were then translated from Arabic into Latin, sparking the emergence of modern science at the dawn of the Renaissance, which climaxed in the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century." "Here is early science in all its glory, from Pythagorean "celestial harmony" to the sun-centered planetary theory of Copernicus, who, in 1543, aided by the mathematical methods of medieval Arabic astronomers, revived a concept proposed by the Greek astronomer Aristarchus some eighteen centuries before. When Newton laid the foundations of modern science, building on the work of Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, and others, he said that he was "standing on the sholders [sic] of Giants," referring to his predecessors in ancient Greece and in the Arabic and Latin worlds from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance." "Caliph Harun al-Rashid was one of the Muslim rulers who first promoted translating Greek texts into Arabic. His Baghdad is the setting for The Thousand and One Nights, in which Scheherazades's "Tale of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp" reflects the marvels of the new science and the amazing inventions it was said to produce. John Freely's Aladdin's Lamp returns us to that time and brings to light an essential and long-overlooked chapter in the history of science."--Jacket
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Freely, John
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
Q127.G7
LC item number
F74 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Science
  • Science
  • Science, Ancient
  • Islam and science
  • Wissenschaftliche Literatur
  • Rezeption
  • Gelehrter
  • Wissenschaftlicher Text
  • Übersetzung
  • Arabisch
  • Latein
  • Tradition
  • Wissenschaft
  • Übersetzung
  • Islam and science
  • Science
  • Science, Ancient
  • Greece
  • Europa
  • Mittellatein
  • Griechisch
  • Arabisch
  • Griechenland (Altertum)
  • Islamische Staaten
  • Westeuropa
  • Greece
  • Islamic countries
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Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world, John Freely
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-288) and index
Contents
Ionia : the first physicists -- Classical Athens : the school of Hellas -- Hellenistic Alexandria : the museum and the library -- From Athens to Rome, Constantinople, and Jundishapur -- Baghdad's house of wisdom : Greek into Arabic -- The Islamic Renaissance -- Cairo and Damascus -- Al-Andalus, Moorish Spain -- From Toledo to Palermo : Arabic into Latin -- Paris and Oxford I : reinterpreting Aristotle -- Paris and Oxford II : the emergence of European science -- From Byzantium to Italy : Greek into Latin -- The revolution of heavenly spheres -- The debate over the two world systems -- The scientific revolution -- Samarkand to Istanbul : the long twilight of Islamic science -- Science lost and found -- Harran : the road to Baghdad
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 303 p.
Isbn
9780307265340
Lccn
2008042743
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)232980727
  • (OCoLC)ocn232980727
Label
Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world, John Freely
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-288) and index
Contents
Ionia : the first physicists -- Classical Athens : the school of Hellas -- Hellenistic Alexandria : the museum and the library -- From Athens to Rome, Constantinople, and Jundishapur -- Baghdad's house of wisdom : Greek into Arabic -- The Islamic Renaissance -- Cairo and Damascus -- Al-Andalus, Moorish Spain -- From Toledo to Palermo : Arabic into Latin -- Paris and Oxford I : reinterpreting Aristotle -- Paris and Oxford II : the emergence of European science -- From Byzantium to Italy : Greek into Latin -- The revolution of heavenly spheres -- The debate over the two world systems -- The scientific revolution -- Samarkand to Istanbul : the long twilight of Islamic science -- Science lost and found -- Harran : the road to Baghdad
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 303 p.
Isbn
9780307265340
Lccn
2008042743
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)232980727
  • (OCoLC)ocn232980727

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