Science & Islam - The Language of Science

We tend to take it for granted in the West that virtually all intellectual innovations come from European and American thinkers. Even when we acknowledge Arabian contributions to thought, we limit them merely to the preservation and translation of ancient Greek thinkers like Plato and Aristotle, not acknowledging the remarkable degree of original thought produced by medieval Muslim scholars in fields as diverse as astronomy, mathematics, optics, philosophy, theology and poetry.

Join nuclear physics professor Jim Al-Khalili in this fascinating documentary as he traces the intellectual legacy of his ancestors, discovering in the process a number of truly astounding revolutionary ideas without which modern science would not exist.


If you're interested in more of the rich inheritance left to us by the Arabs, check out the magnificent documentary When the Moors Ruled Europe, narrated by the beautiful Bettany Hughes.

Or check out the Jim Al-Khalili's awesome documentary series Atoms (parts 1, 2 & 3)
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