zondag 13 februari 2011

1001 Inventions

What is 1001 Inventions?

1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world.

The 1001 Inventions global touring exhibition and the educational products that accompany the exhibition all highlight the scientific and technological achievements made by men and women, of different faiths and cultures that lived in Muslim civilisation.

The 1001 Inventions exhibition completed its record-breaking residency at London’s Science Museum with 400,000 visitors in June 2010 and a block buster residency at the iconic and historic Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul with 390,000 visitors. The exhibition is now open at the New York Hall of Science till April 2011.

1001 inventions(05:45)
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interview with Prof. Jim Al-Khalili(23:13) British scientist, author and a broadcaster. Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey.
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We have a lot to thank the Islamic world for. Without the scientific and technological developments of Muslim scholars from the seventh century onwards, we would be without our decimal system and without universities as we know them. The Arab world has given us a great number of words including 'traffic', from the word 'taraffaqa' (meaning 'to walk along slowly together'), which may strike you as apposite as you shuffle en masse round this exhibition.
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