Penguin Book


Pathfinders

Jim Al-Khalili

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.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a theoretical physicist, author 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 Physic's Public Awareness of Physics Award.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
30/09/2010
Category
  • History
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Science and Technology
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
336
US
Penguin Group US (Penguin Press)
Translation
Conville & Walsh Ltd
Film
Conville & Walsh Ltd
Serial
Conville & Walsh Ltd
Audio (Unabridged)
Conville & Walsh Ltd
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