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Monday, April 27, 2009

Science and Islam - BBC4 Series - Discoveries & Advances in the Islamic World

Science and Islam - BBC4 Series

I heard about this series on BBC 4 when listening to the Guardian Science Weekly podcastJim Al-Khalili, on the show talking about some of the great discoveries and advances made in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th Centuries. recently. They had the presenter and physicist,

Think about it this way - if it has an ‘al’ at the beginning, there’s a fair bet that it was discovered, invented or pushed forward in the Islamic world: algebra, algorithms, alkali, alcohol…

Alhazen (Ibn al-Haythem) is considered one of the founders of the scientific method which we still use today - a good scientist formulates a hypothesis and devises a method to prove it wrong. In this way, we know if a scientific idea stands up to testing. If not, we need to revise the hypothesis and test again.

You can see the official BBC page for the programme here, but the video may no longer be available to download. Alternatively, pick up the episodes (broken into parts), from YouTube:


1: The Language of Science

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

2: The Empire of Reason

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

3: The Power of Doubt

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

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