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Science in a Golden Age
Science in a Golden Age
Science in a Golden Age
25 min • History, Health & Science • 2015 • PG

Map-making, navigation and the measurement of time. The study of astronomy has been essential to developing our understanding of the universe, and between the 9th and 14th centuries, scholars from the Islamic world like those in Abbasid Caliph Al-Ma'mun's court and the Persian astronomers Al Tusi and Al Biruni - consolidated and refined the astronomy of earlier civilisations and came up with ideas that have influenced space science right through to the present day.

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Astronomy
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1. Astronomy
25 mins

Physicist Jim al-Khalili explores the evolution of astronomy, from Persian astronomer al-Tusi to Copernicus and the space scientists of today. Revealing the links between modern scientific developments and the age-old science, Jim takes us on his historical tour to discover these breakthroughs ourselves.

Optics
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2. Optics
25 mins

Optics and light are being used in cutting edge science today. Physicist Jim Al-Khalili reveals how the true nature of light was first explained 1000 years ago.

Mathematics
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3. Mathematics
25 mins

Jim Al-Khalili uncovers the origins of algebra & cryptography, revealing how Persian mathematicians like Al Khwarizmi have influenced our modern world.

Engineering
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4. Engineering
25 mins

Robots, water pumps and trick mechanisms. Jim Al-Khalili traces the path from modern technology back to scientists like the 9th century Banu Musa brothers.

Chemistry
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5. Chemistry
25 mins

From ibn Hayyan to Al Kindi to Al Razi, Jim Al-Khalili introduces us to the work of medieval chemists and reveals their influence on modern chemistry.

Medicine
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6. Medicine
25 mins

Jim Al-Khalili explores state-of-the-art biomedical science and uncovers the contributions made to the field by medieval scholars from the Islamic world.