Exhibition Explores Scientific Breakthroughs of a Remarkable Era
TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ – Step back in time to the Golden Age of Islamic Science, when the decimal point revolutionized mathematics, when the principles of optics were first discovered, and when a man took to the skies on a feather-clad glider. The Ontario Science Centre is proud to present “Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered”, making its Canadian debut Feb. 5 and running to May 10, 2009.
Developed by Cape Town and Dubai-based MTE Studios, this informative and thought-provoking exhibition shows visitors how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas of the known world, from Spain to China. This exhibition highlights important scientific and technological advances made during the Golden Age of Islamic Science (circa eighth to 18th centuries), drawing attention to the multi-cultural roots of modern science and technology. “This exhibition introduces us to a fundamental truth about science today – namely that science has a past,” said Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Director, Visitor Experience.
“Modern science, from astronomy to medicine to physics and chemistry, owes an enormous debt to the discoveries of scientists working during the Golden Age of Islamic Science. The knowledge displayed in this exhibition is important to everyone in our society.”
“There is a spirit of invention, innovation and creativity in the Islamic world which led society in the past and can lead us to an even more prosperous future. We hope that the exhibition triggers constructive debate on the importance of building bridges between civilizations, keeping knowledge alive and ensuring that it is passed on to others,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.