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Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science

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Book Summary of Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science

Jim Al-Khalili has a passion for bringing to a wider audience not just the facts of science but its history. Just as the legacy of Copernicus and Darwin belongs to all of us, so does that of Ibn Sina and Ibn al-Haytham' Independent.

For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. In Pathfinders, Jim al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten, inspiring pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world during the golden age of Arabic science, including Iraqi physicist Ibn Al-Haytham, who practised the modern scientific method over half a century before Bacon; al-Khwarizmi, the greatest mathematician of the medieval world; and Abu Rayhan Al-Biruni, a Persian polymath to rival Leonardo da Vinci.

Details of Book: Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science (BSID:66615)

Book Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science
Author Jim Al-khalili
ISBN 0141038365
ISBN-13 9780141038360, 978-0141038360
Binding Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books
Publishing Date 2012
Number of Pages 302
Language English
Weight 271 grams

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Richard August 07, 2011 review from Goodreads

Interesting so far.I was one of those guilty of the simplistic reading of history that says Greek and Latin thought was absorbed into the Islamic Caliphate, translated, preserved and ultimately re-entered European thought kick-starting the enlightenment and the age of reason, without appreciating...

Vuk March 21, 2012 review from Goodreads

Very poor. Perhaps I expected something incisive and insightful, but it's a typically confused "sci pop" or rather "history of ideas light" book. In fact, I think it might have been an offshoot of a TV series.So, it's not like the author is not an expert. It's just that he does not know what is h...

Sarah June 11, 2012 review from Goodreads

(This review is originally published at school, one only gets to learn what he is taught. In the case of students in the Arab World, we only got to learn about Western scientists like Galileo and Einstein. It would be unfair though to claim that our curriculums left us entire...

Johanna January 07, 2011 review from Goodreads

Jim Al-Khalili takes you on a journey to explore the golden age of Arabic science which occured during Europes' dark ages. It is commonly thought (and this is the view I had during history class in school) that the great scientists were the Greeks, and the Renessaince masters.In 'Pathfinders' you...

Paul July 26, 2011 review from Goodreads

Enjoyable read, very informative and a subject that I now realise I knew very little about. Enjoyed the quotes from medieval scientists extolling the benefits of scientific analysis over blind faith - 1000 years later and this argument needs brought to the fore again sadly, in all parts of the wo...


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