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Science and Islam : a history, Ehsan Masood

Label
Science and Islam : a history
Title
Science and Islam
Title remainder
a history
Statement of responsibility
Ehsan Masood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Between the 8th and 15th centuries, scholars and researchers working from Samarkand in modern-day Uzbekistan to Cordoba in Spain advanced our knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and philosophy to new heights. It was Musa al-Khwarizmi, for instance, who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad, drawing on work by mathematicians in India; al-Jazari, a Turkish engineer of the 13th century whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft, and the reciprocating piston; ibn Sina, whose textbook Canon of Medicine was a standard work in Europe's universities until the 1600s. These scientists were part of a sophisticated culture and civilization that was based on belief in God - a picture which helps to scotch the myth of the 'Dark Ages' in which scientific advance faltered. Science writer Ehsan Masood weaves the story of these and other scientists into a compelling narrative, taking the reader on a journey through the Islamic empires of the Middle Ages, the cultural and religious circumstances that made this revolution possible, and its contribution to science in Western Europe. He unpacks the debates between scientists, philosophers and theologians on the nature of physical reality and limits to human reason, and explores the many reasons for the eventual decline of advanced science and learning in the Arabic-speaking world. This eye-opening, enjoyable book, which complements and builds on the BBC television series, should be essential reading for anyone keen to explore science's hidden history and its contribution to the making of the modern world
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Masood, Ehsan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BP190.5.S3
LC item number
M38 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Islam and science
  • Science
  • Science, Medieval
  • Islam and science
  • Science
  • Science, Medieval
  • Islamic countries
Label
Science and Islam : a history, Ehsan Masood
Instantiates
Publication
Note
TV tie-in
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-231) and index
Contents
The Dark Age myth -- The coming of the Prophet -- Building Islam -- Baghdad's splendour -- The caliph of science -- The flowering of Andalusia -- Beyond the Abbasids -- The best gift from God -- Astronomy : the structured heaven -- Number : the living universe of Islam -- At home in the elements -- Ingenious devices -- An endless frontier -- One chapter closes, another begins -- Science and Islam : lessons from history
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 240 p., [8] p. of col. plates
Isbn
9781848310810
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)263296116
  • (OCoLC)ocn263296116
Label
Science and Islam : a history, Ehsan Masood
Publication
Note
TV tie-in
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-231) and index
Contents
The Dark Age myth -- The coming of the Prophet -- Building Islam -- Baghdad's splendour -- The caliph of science -- The flowering of Andalusia -- Beyond the Abbasids -- The best gift from God -- Astronomy : the structured heaven -- Number : the living universe of Islam -- At home in the elements -- Ingenious devices -- An endless frontier -- One chapter closes, another begins -- Science and Islam : lessons from history
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 240 p., [8] p. of col. plates
Isbn
9781848310810
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)263296116
  • (OCoLC)ocn263296116

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