The House of Wisdom by Jim al-Khalili

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A myth-shattering view of the Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations and the role they played in sparking the European Renaissance.

Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science had their roots in the Arab world of the middle ages, a period when much of Western Christendom lay in intellectual darkness. Jim al- Khalili, a leading British-Iraqi physicist, resurrects this lost chapter of history, and given current East-West tensions, his book could not be timelier. With transporting detail, al-Khalili places readers in the hothouses of the Arabic Enlightenment, shows how they led to Europe's cultural awakening, and poses the question: Why did the Islamic world enter its own dark age after such a dazzling flowering?

 

About Jim al-Khalili

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a quantum physicist at the University of Surrey and a regular radio and television broadcaster for the BBC. He is winner of both the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin medal for his science communication work. Paradox is his fifth book.
 
Published March 31, 2011 by Penguin Books. 339 pages
Genres: History, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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An Iraqi-born physicist recalls the golden age of Islamic astronomy, mathematics, medicine and philosophy.

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An Iraqi-born physicist recalls the golden age of Islamic astronomy, mathematics, medicine and philosophy.

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During a time in Western history when the power of Christian Rome forbade much in the way of innovative learning, physicians in the Muslim world were writing about the system of blood circulation, or of optic functioning.

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Many of the great scientists of the golden age were Persian writing in Arabic, and for purposes of theological debate many Jewish scholars wrote in Arabic, not Hebrew.

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