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“This glorious book overflows with the great ideas of the Muslim middle ages. . . . I wish I had had this book fifty years ago."—Adam Hart-Davis, photographer, writer, and TV science presenter of the BBC series What the Ancients Did for Us

What do coffee beans, torpedoes, surgical scalpels, arches, and observatories all have in common?

Were Leonardo da Vinci’s flight ideas originals?

Who devised the casing for pill capsules, and where did Fibonacci learn to flex his mathematical fingers?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in this book.

1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World presents an excellent overview of Muslim heritage written to appeal to the everyday reader and to amaze and redefine many people's current assumptions of medieval times and of their history and roots.

This is an essential introduction to the great epoch of Muslim civilization. Readers now have access to one thousand years of missing history, covering medicine, technology, economics, civilization, the environment, and much more. From Spain to China, scholars of different genders, cultures, and various faiths worked together to build upon the knowledge of ancient civilization.

Written by a team of internationally renowned experts, the contributions were selected to give the reader reassurance and confidence that the facts presented in the book are from the most reliable and unbiased academic sources.

Salim T S Al-Hassani is professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and professorial fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Sir Roland Jackson is the chief executive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780955242618
  • Publisher: 1001 Inventions Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani is Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professorial Fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Since 1968, Professor Al-Hassani, has published over 200 papers in international journals and books. He has supervised 40 PhD, 50 MSc students and numerous post-doctoral Fellows from all parts of the world. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the British Science Association.

He is actively involved in philanthropy and has spent over fifty years championing education and cross cultural dialogue. His personal passion is the study of the contributions made by early Muslim Civilisation in helping to create the foundations of modern science and technology. Professor Al-Hassani is a renowned and powerful public speaker on this subject.

In 1999, Professor Al-Hassani founded and continues to be the Chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC); a not-for-profit academic organisation based in the United Kingdom that is supported by a large global network of historians of science. He is also Chairman of the global block buster initiative known as '1001 Inventions' - a highly successful public engagement project with touring interactive science exhibitions, films, books and educational products.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    A must read and excellent idea for a gift - Highly Recommended -

    1001 Inventions book presents an excellent overview of Muslim heritage written to appeal to the everyday reader and to amaze and redefine many people's current assumptions of medieval times, of their history and roots. This is an essential introduction to the great epoch of Muslim civilisation. Readers now have access to 1000 years of missing history, covering medicine, technology, economics, civilisation, the environment and much more.
    The style is lively, engaging with non-academic language providing information which relates to people's lives, in order to be accessible to the everyday reader. It contains colourful pages of Muslim heritage filled with brilliant information accessible to all ages. Written by a team of internationally-renowned experts and authors, the contributions were selected to give the reader reassurance and confidence that the facts presented in the book are from the most reliable and unbiased academic sources...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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