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Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science [Hardcover]

Roshdi Rashed

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28 Mar 1996 0415020638 978-0415020633
The Arabic contribution is fundamental to the history of science, mathematics and technology, but until now no single publication has offered an up-to-date synthesis of knowledge in this area. In three fully-illustrated volumes the Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science documents the history and philosophy of Arabic science from the earliest times to the present day. The set as a whole covers seven centuries. Thirty chapters, written by an international team of specialists from Europe, America, the Middle East and Russia cover such areas as astronomy, mathematics, music, engineering, nautical science and scientific institutions.

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There is a tremendous amount of material in here of direct relevance to anyone teaching biology... help[s] to undermine the notion, still widely held, that science only arose at the Renaissance and is the perogative of Western Europe.... contains a wealth of detail... Particularly valuable are the several chapters on optics... I can't resist mentioning too some of what is written about hospitals....

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Roshdi Rashed curremtly holds the positions of Directeur de recherche au C.N.R.S. and Director of the Centre d'Histoire des Sciences et des Philosophies Arabes et Medievales ans Professor at the University of Tokyo. His most recent publications include: The Development of Arabic Mathematics: Between Arithmetic and Algebra, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 156 (Dordrecht/Boston/London, 1994) and Optique et mathematique. Recherches sur l'histoire de la pensee scientifique en arabe, Varriorum Reprints, 1992.

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