Aladdin's Lamp by John Freely

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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 Averroës, 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.

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About John Freely

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JOHN FREELY was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. He dropped out of school at seventeen to join the US Navy for the last two years of World War II. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University and completed his postdoctoral studies at Oxford. He teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written more than forty books, including The Grand Turk and Istanbul: The Imperial City.
Published February 17, 2009 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Freely (Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) profiles the various caliphates that fostered scholarship and scientific inquiry during Europe's Dark Ages.

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Europe's debt to Islamic scholarship is counted up in this sketchy intellectual history. Freely (Strolling Through Athens ), a historian of science, surveys

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