BBC: Science and Islam – The Power of Doubt – Part 1

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Al-Khalili turns detective, hunting for clues that show how the scientific revolution that took place in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe had its roots in the earlier world of medieval Islam.

Part 2

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, its achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. Nice post Ismailimail! In this clip Jim Al-Khalili takes a look at Nicolas Copernicus’s earth-shattering book describing his ideas on heliocentricity(the sun as opposed to the earth being at the center of our solar system), ‘De Revolutionibus’. The book contains direct acknowledgements for ideas to at least 3 Islamic astronomers from the middle ages, one of whom was Persian Ismaili astronomer Nasir al-Din Tusi.

    The Institute of Ismaili studies describes Tusi’s contributions, among others:

    ‘From Ibn Sina to Tusi: The Scientific Tradition in Medieval Islam’


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