Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science


Author: Jim Al-Khalili

9780141038360 | PB | pp. 336 | 2012 | Penguin Books

Pathfinders is a fascinating guide to the forgotten pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world during the golden age of Arabic science.

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For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. Surveying the golden age of Arabic science, Jim Al-Khalili reintroduces such figures as the 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.

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About the Author

The author is a theoretical physicist, writer and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey, where he also holds the first Surrey chair in the public engagement in science. He was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for science communication in 2007, elected Honorary Fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and has also received the Institute of Physics’ Public Awareness of Physics Award. Born in Baghdad, Jim was educated in Iraq until the age of sixteen and it was there, being taught by Arabic teachers in Arabic, that he first heard and learnt about the great Arab scientists and philosophers. He has long championed the influence of Islam on science and hopes to bring attention to the rich Arab heritage in our understanding of science today.


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