Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science

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Date: Oct. 7, 2010
From: Nature(Vol. 467, Issue 7316)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Document Type: Book review; Brief article
Length: 101 words
Content Level: (Level 5)

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Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science Jim Al-Khalili Allen Lane 336pp. 25 [pounds sterling] (2010) Physicist, author and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten pioneers of early Arabic science. His focus is the House of Wisdom, a great centre of learning established in the ninth century by the caliph of Baghdad, Abu Ja'far Abdullah al-Ma'mun. Among its wise alumni are Syrian astronomer Ibn al-Shatir, whose work inspired Nicolaus Copernicus's heliocentric model of the Solar System; Andalucian physician Ibn al-Nafees, who described blood circulation 400 years before William Harvey; and zoologist al-Jahith, who proposed natural selection 1,000 years before Charles Darwin.

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