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Al-Khalili, Jim 1962-

Overview
Works: 102 works in 269 publications in 5 languages and 7,651 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Conference proceedings  Miscellanea  Biography 
Roles: Host, Narrator, Speaker, Editor, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: QC173.59.S65, 530.11
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Most widely held works by Jim Al-Khalili
Black holes, wormholes & time machines by Jim Al-Khalili ( )
30 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 2,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili finally lays science fiction to rest as he opens up Einstein's Universe. Leading us gently and light-heartedly through the dizzying world of our space and time". -- Back cover
The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A myth-shattering view of the medieval Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations, which preceded-and enabled-the European Renaissance. The Arabic legacy of science and philosophy has long been hidden from the West. British-Iraqi physicist Jim Al-Khalili unveils that legacy to fascinating effect by returning to its roots in the hubs of Arab innovation that would advance science and jump-start the European Renaissance. Inspired by the Koranic injunction to study closely all of God's works, rulers throughout the Islamic world funded armies of scholars who gathered and translated Persian, Sanskrit, and Greek texts. From the ninth through the fourteenth centuries, these scholars built upon those foundations a scientific revolution that bridged the one-thousand-year gap between the ancient Greeks and the European Renaissance. Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science were actually the result of Arab ingenuity: Astronomers laid the foundations for the heliocentric model of the solar system long before Copernicus; physicians accurately described blood circulation and the inner workings of the eye ages before Europeans solved those mysteries; physicists made discoveries that laid the foundation for Newton's theories of optics. But the most significant legacy of Middle Eastern science was its evidence-based approach-the lack of which kept Europeans in the dark throughout the Dark Ages. The father of this experimental approach to science-what we call the scientific method-was an Iraqi physicist who applied it centuries before Europeans first dabbled in it. Al-Khalili details not only how discoveries like these were made, but also how they changed European minds and how they were ultimately obscured by later Western versions of the same principles. With transporting detail, Al-Khalili places the reader in the intellectual and cultural hothouses of the Arab Enlightenment: the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, one of the world's greatest academies, the holy city of Isfahan, the melting pots of Damascus and Cairo, and the embattled Islamic outposts of Spain. Al-Khalili tackles two tantalizing questions: Why did the Arab world enter its own Dark Age after such a dazzling enlightenment? And how much did Arabic learning contribute to making the Western world as we know it? Given his singular combination of expertise in both the Western and Middle Eastern scientific traditions, Al-Khalili is uniquely qualified to solve those riddles"--Provided by publisher
Quantum by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes you on an entertaining and enlightening journey through the basics of subatomic physics. Along the way he examines the paradox of quantum mechanics--beautifully mathematical in theory but confoundingly unpredictable in the real world. Marvel at the Dual Slit experiment as a tiny atom passes through 2 separate openings at the same time. Ponder the peculiar communication of quantum particles, which can remain in touch no matter how far apart. Join the genius jewel thief as he carries out a quantum measurement on a diamond without ever touching the object in question. With its clean, colorful layout and conversational tone, this text will hook you into the conundrum that is quantum mechanics.--From publisher description
Paradox : the nine greatest enigmas in physics by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than their twin? Throughout history, scientists have been coming up with theories and ideas that just do not seem to make sense
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams by Jim Al-Khalili ( )
21 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the second volume in a series of Lecture Notes based on the highly succesful Euro Summer School on Exotic Beams. The aim of these notes is to provide a thorough introduction to radioactive ion-beam physics at the level of graduate students and young postdocs starting out in the field. Each volume covers a range of topics from nuclear theory to experiment and applications
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams by Jim Al-Khalili ( )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Pathfinders : the golden age of Arabic science by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. In Pathfinders, Jim al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world. All scientists have stood on the shoulders of giants. But most historical accounts today suggest that the achievements of the ancient Greeks were not matched until the European Renaissance in the 16th century, a 1,000-year period dismissed as the Dark Ages. In the ninth-century, however, the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, Abu Ja'far Abdullah al-Ma'mun, created the greatest centre of learning the world had ever seen, known as Bayt al-Hikma, the House of Wisdom. The scientists and philosophers he brought together sparked a period of extraordinary discovery, in every field imaginable, launching a golden age of Arabic science. Few of these scientists, however, are now known in the western world: Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, a polymath who outshines everyone in history except Leonardo da Vinci; the Syrian astronomer Ibn al-Shatir, whose manuscripts would inspire Copernicus' heliocentric model of the solar system; or the 13th-century Andalucian physician Ibn al-Nafees, who correctly described blood circulation 400 years before William Harvey; Iraqi Ibn al-Haytham who practised the modern scientific method 700 years before Bacon and Descartes, and founded the field of modern optics before Newton; or even ninth-century zoologist al-Jahith, who developed a theory of natural selection a thousand years before Darwin. The West needs to see the Islamic world through new eyes and the Islamic world, in turn, to take pride in its extraordinarily rich heritage. Anyone who reads this book will understand why
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genius of Britain the scientists who changed the world ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Charismatic men of action and reclusive eccentrics. Eureka moments and serendipitous strokes of luck. Discoveries born of crisis and insatiable curiosity. The history of scientific progress in Britain offers an astonishing breadth of personalities and has had an awe-inspiring effect on civilization. Each episode brings an era of scientific thought to life, with modern-day geniuses examining the legacies of their heroes
Atom ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Program 2. Key to the cosmos. "This is the second of Professor Jim Al-Khalili's three part investigation into the basic building block of our universe--the atom. He shows that in our quest to understand the tiny atom, we unravelled the mystery of how the entire universe was created. It's a story with dramatic twists and turns, taking in world-changing discoveries like radioactivity, the atom bomb and the big bang. All this forms part of an epic narrative in which the greatest brains of the 20th century competed to answer the biggest questions of all--why are we here and how were we made?"--Container
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams ( )
13 editions published in 2004 in English and German and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Research with radioactive ion beams has entered a new era with the advent of energetic beams of radioactive nuclei that are capable of inducing nuclear reactions. The present book is the first volume of edited lectures based on material presented at the Euroschool on Exotic Beams over the past years. It introduces the graduate student and nonspecialist scientist from related areas into various topics encompassing theoretical, experimental as well as application-related aspects of this growing field of research
Im Haus der Weisheit : Die arabischen Wissenschaften als Fundament unserer Kultur by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in German and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wer stürzte lange vor Kopernikus das heliozentrische Weltbild? Ibn al-Shatir. Wer beschrieb als Erster den Blutkreislauf? Ibn al-Nafees. Wer war vor Leonardo das erste Universalgenie? Abu Rayan al-Biruni. Im 9. Jahrhundert gründete der Kalif von Bagdad das legendäre "Haus der Weisheit", das fortan zum Weltzentrum der Gelehrsamkeit wurde. Hier wurden die großen Werke der Antike - Galen, Hippokrates, Platon, Aristoteles und Archimedes - vor dem Vergessen bewahrt, grundlegende Erkenntnisse der Astronomie, Mathematik, Medizin und Zoologie gewonnen. Der bekannte britisch-irakische Wissenschaftshistoriker Jim al-Kahlili erzählt die faszinierenden Geschichten dieser Pioniere der Wissenschaften und vom einzigartigen Goldenen Zeitalter arabischer Gelehrsamkeit, ohne die unsere abendländische Kultur so nicht existieren würde
Schwarze Löcher, Wurmlöcher und Zeitmaschinen by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wetenschap in 30 seconden : 50 mijlpalen uit de geschiedenis van de wetenschap ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in Dutch and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ta ru yu zhou de yi xiao bu : hei dong . chong dong . shi guang ji by Ka li li ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quantum : moderne Physik zum Staunen by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shock and awe the story of electricity ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Today we can hardly imagine life without electrical power - it defines our era. It creates human connections. It is the lifeblood of civil society. But how did we arrive here, at a place in which our understanding of electricity is matched, if not overwhelmed, by our dependence on it? Bringing the scientific history of electricity to a dramatic conclusion, this program describes how a new age dawned - how researchers discovered electric fields and electromagnetic waves. Viewers learn about the achievements of James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz, Oliver Lodge, Jagadish Bose, William Crookes, Herbert Matare, Heinrich Welker, and others. The program also asks whether or not tomorrow might bring yet another breakthrough - because if we can understand the secret of electrical superconductivity we could once again transform the world
Shock and awe the story of electricity ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Once a subject of crude experiments and parlor tricks, electricity was recognized some 200 years ago as a force that could completely transform the world - driving machines, lighting homes, and enabling us to communicate across continents. This program shows how scientists and engineers unlocked the power of electricity in an extraordinary century of innovation and invention. It profiles scientists who discovered the links between electricity and magnetism as well as other fundamental concepts - Hans Christian Oersted, Michael Faraday, William Sturgeon, Joseph Henry, and others. The development of commercial applications is discussed with segments on Samuel Morse, the story of the 1866 transatlantic cable, and the "war of currents" rivalry between Thomas Edison's DC and Nikola Tesla's AC, championed by George Westinghouse
Shock and awe the story of electricity ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Starting with Francis Hauksbee's 1705 Royal Society demonstration, in which he produced static electricity and a nascent form of neon lighting, this program looks at the origins of our understanding of electricity and how it could be harnessed. The film profiles many of the scientists and "natural philosophers" who first studied electricity, including Stephen Gray, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Luigi Galvani, and several others. Viewers learn about Benjamin Franklin's kite exploit, Henry Cavendish's investigations of the electric shock produced by the torpedo fish, and the development of the electric battery following Alessandro Volta's discovery involving a copper coin and a silver spoon. The program concludes with the first breakthrough in finding a commercial use for electricity: Humphry Davy demonstrating his carbon-arc light before members of the Royal Institution
Paradox : the nine greatest enigmas in science by Jim Al-Khalili ( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than their twin? Throughout history, scientists have been coming up with theories and ideas that just do not seem to make sense
 
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Alternative Names
Al-Khalili, J.
Al-Khalili, J. 1962-
Al-Khalili, J. S.
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English (139)
German (17)
Chinese (1)
Spanish (1)
Dutch (1)
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