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Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846141613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846141614
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fascinating and user-friendly guide to this whole scientific movement (Noel Malcolm Seven, Sunday Telegraph )

Brings alive the bubbling invention and delighted curiosity of the Islamic world … his command of Arabic mathematical physics invests his story with sympathy as well as authority (Tim Radford Guardian )

Jim Al-Khalili has a passion for bringing to a wider audience not just the facts of science but its history … Just as the legacy of Copernicus and Darwin belongs to all of us, so does that of Ibn Sina and Ibn al-Haytham. To think otherwise, as this book so powerfully reveals, is to do disservice to the tradition to which they belong (Kenan Malik Independent )

Spry, informative and timely … Al-Khalili takes the reader through a brisk survey of the highlights of the period (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday )

A fascinating introduction to a neglected area. His approachable style and ability to distil extensive knowledge into simple narrative makes Pathfinders an absorbing read (Siobhan Murphy Metro )

Enjoyable and informative … provides ample evidence for the compatibility of Islam and science (Sameer Rahim Daily Telegraph )

About the Author

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey, where he also holds the first Surrey chair in the public engagement in science. He was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for science communication in 2007, elected Honorary Fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and has also received the Institute of Physic's Public Awareness of Physics Award. Born in Baghdad, Jim was educated in Iraq until the age of 16 and it was there, being taught by Arabic teachers in Arabic that he first heard and learnt about the great Arab scientists and philosophers. He has long championed the influence of Islam on science and hopes to bring attention to the rich Arab heritage in our understanding of science today.



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