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Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world

Author: John Freely
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their ideas throughout the Islamic world from Central Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, most notably Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroës, adding their own interpretations to the philosophy and science they had inherited. Freely goes on to show how,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Freely
ISBN: 9780307277831 0307277836
OCLC Number: 419802350
Description: xi, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Ionia : the first physicists --
Classical Athens : the school of Hellas --
Hellenistic Alexandria : the museum and the library --
From Athens to Rome, Constantinople, and Jundishapur --
Baghdad's house of wisdom : Greek into Arabic --
The Islamic Renaissance --
Cairo and Damascus --
Al-Andalus, Moorish Spain --
From Toledo to Palermo : Arabic into Latin --
Paris and Oxford I : reinterpreting Aristotle --
Paris and Oxford II : the emergence of European science --
From Byzantium to Italy : Greek into Latin --
The revolution of heavenly spheres --
The debate over the two world systems --
The scientific revolution --
Samarkand to Istanbul : the long twilight of Islamic science --
Science lost and found --
Harran : the road to Baghdad.
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John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their ideas throughout the Islamic world from Central Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, most notably Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroës, adding their own interpretations to the philosophy and science they had inherited. Freely goes on to show how, beginning in the twelfth century, these texts by Islamic scholars were then translated from Arabic into Latin, sparking the emergence of modern science at the dawn of the Renaissance, which climaxed in the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. -- From publisher description.

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