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|Pages:||302 pp, Illustrations, some color photos|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books, London, US, 2010|
|Dimensions:||14 x 21 cm|
|Topic:||Medieval Arab - Sciences - History - Philosophy|
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Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science had their roots in the Arab world of the middle ages, a period when much of Western Christendom lay in intellectual darkness. Jim al- Khalili, a leading British-Iraqi physicist, resurrects this lost chapter of history, and given current East-West tensions, his book could not be timelier. With transporting detail, al-Khalili places readers in the hothouses of the Arabic Enlightenment, shows how they led to Europe’s cultural awakening, and poses the question: Why did the Islamic world enter its own dark age after such a dazzling flowering?