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The Empire of Reason

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Media Rich Learning (Firm)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], ©2009.
Series: Science and Islam.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this program physics professor Jim Al-Khalili provides evidence that medieval Islamic scientists were among the first to insist that scholarly theories be backed up by experimental observation. Traveling throughout Syria and Egypt, Al-Khalili profiles Ibn al-Haytham, whose proof that light travels in straight lines helped establish the discipline of optics, and Al-Biruni, who more than 1,000 years ago estimated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
History
Internet videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Media Rich Learning (Firm)
OCLC Number: 815690070
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 9 & up.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (52 min.)) : sound, color.
Contents: Islam, Scientific Method and Heritage (2:35) --
Islamic Empire (2:50) --
Funding Quest for Knowledge (1:28) --
Islamic Architectural Achievements (1:19) --
Measurement and the Nile (2:51) --
Maps and the Religious Motivation for Science (2:29) --
Mecca and Geographic Knowledge (1:37) --
Measuring Earth (2:08) --
Al-Biruni and Earth's Size (1:41) --
Mountain and Horizon (3:09) --
Al-Biruni's Right Triangle (1:02) --
Geometry and Science (0:59) --
Craftsmen and Science (2:04) --
Caravansaries, Carrier Pigeons and Trade (2:32) --
Industry, Currency and Alchemy (3:29) --
Chemistry, Alkali and Soap (1:16) --
Chemistry and Glass Making (1:10) --
Chemistry, Distillation and Perfumes (2:56) --
Chemistry and Weaponry (1:19) --
Islamic Chemistry and the Periodic Table (3:29) --
Mathematics, Physics and Aristotle (2:15) --
Ibn al-Haytham (1:13) --
Legend About Ibn al-Haytham (1:59) --
Aristotle, Ibn al-Haytham and Sight (2:33) --
Subjecting First Principles to Experiment (1:52) --
Al-Haytham's Explanations in Optics (2:26) --
Atmosphere's Finite Thickness (1:18) --
Greatness of Science (1:47) --
Additional Resources & Credits: The Empire of Reason: Science and Islam --
The Golden Age (1:30) --
Islam, Scientific Method and Heritage (2:35) --
Islamic Empire (2:50) --
Funding Quest for Knowledge (1:28) --
Islamic Architectural Achievements (1:19) --
Measurement and the Nile (2:51) --
Maps and the Religious Motivation for Science (2:29) --
Mecca and Geographic Knowledge (1:37) --
Measuring Earth (2:08) --
Al-Biruni and Earth's Size (1:41) --
Mountain and Horizon (3:09) --
Al-Biruni's Right Triangle (1:02) --
Geometry and Science (0:59) --
Craftsmen and Science (2:04) --
Caravansaries, Carrier Pigeons and Trade (2:32) --
Industry, Currency and Alchemy (3:29) --
Chemistry, Alkali and Soap (1:16) --
Chemistry and Glass Making (1:10) --
Chemistry, Distillation and Perfumes (2:56) --
Chemistry and Weaponry (1:19) --
Islamic Chemistry and the Periodic Table (3:29) --
Mathematics, Physics and Aristotle (2:15) --
Ibn al-Haytham (1:13) --
Legend About Ibn al-Haytham (1:59) --
Aristotle, Ibn al-Haytham and Sight (2:33) --
Subjecting First Principles to Experiment (1:52) --
Al-Haytham's Explanations in Optics (2:26) --
Atmosphere's Finite Thickness (1:18) --
Greatness of Science (1:47) --
Additional Resources & Credits: The Empire of Reason: Science and Islam --
The Golden Age (1:30).
Series Title: Science and Islam.
Responsibility: Media Rich Learning (Firm).

Abstract:

In this program physics professor Jim Al-Khalili provides evidence that medieval Islamic scientists were among the first to insist that scholarly theories be backed up by experimental observation. Traveling throughout Syria and Egypt, Al-Khalili profiles Ibn al-Haytham, whose proof that light travels in straight lines helped establish the discipline of optics, and Al-Biruni, who more than 1,000 years ago estimated the size of the Earth to within a few hundred miles of the correct figure. Al-Khalili also explains how the trade needs of an expanding empire played a role in turning the practice of alchemy into modern chemistry.

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