Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science; Jim Al-Khalili
24/08/2012 2 Comments
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.
This book was recommended for #sciteachlib by:
- @LGolton: What I loved about this book was it filled in so much of the scientific history that is missing from what I learnt in school. I’ve used the details to fill in a whole section of my science timeline that had ‘nothing’ according to the many other science history books I had read. (from the comment thread below).
The author’s website is here: http://www.jimal-khalili.com/