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The 1001 Inventions exhibition enjoyed its US premiere at the prestigious New York Hall of Science in Queens. Following its launch in December 2010, the exhibition welcomed over 250,000 visitors from all over the tri-state area and the American East Coast during its five month residency at New York’s leading interactive science museum.
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Hot on the heels of record-breaking runs at the London Science Museum and Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square, New York was the first American city on the 1001 Inventions international tour, which will go on to visit many prestigious venues across the continent.
The New York Hall of Science was the ideal inaugural US venue to host the 1001 Inventions exhibition and was chosen due to its status as New York City's only hands-on science and technology centre. Since 1986, NYSCI has served more than five million children, parents and teachers. NYSCI's mission is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn.
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17th March 2011, New York. Hundreds of VIP guests attended an exclusive event to celebrate the forthcoming transfer of the 1001 Inventions exhibition, from New York city to its new home in Los Angeles, opening 25th May 2011.
The acclaimed international touring exhibition will travel from the East coast to the West after the Easter break to take up residence at the California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles in May. The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which highlights the underappreciated scientific and technological achievements of the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization, has received tens of thousands of visitors since it arrived at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in December 2010 and is sponsored by the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI).
As part of the ceremony, the CEO and President of NYSCI, Dr. Margaret Honey, carried out a symbolic transfer of the exhibition to her CSC counterpart, Jeffrey Rudolph, by handing over a reproduction of the Scribe Clock – a 13th century invention by master engineer Al-Jazari, who is one of the central characters within the exhibition.
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, FSTC, said: “When we first came to NYSCI, and learned more about their institution, we knew immediately that this would be the ideal venue for the launch of our US Tour. NYSCI shares our vision for inspiring young people through exciting, innovative and above all enjoyable interactive experiences.
In May, we begin the next thrilling chapter of the 1001 Inventions story. The West Coast Premiere will take place at the world-renowned California Science Center in Los Angeles, and we are delighted to be working with such a prestigious institution, who will introduce a whole new set of audiences to the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization.”
Prof. Al-Hassani also went on to thank ALJ Community Initiatives, which is a sponsor of the 1001 Inventions international touring exhibition.
Science Theatre: NYSCI Explainer team bring to life historic pioneers from Muslim civilization
As part of the celebration, and to thank NYSCI for pr emiering the exhibition in the US, 1001 Inventions gifted a model of the Elephant Clock – another Al-Jazari invention – to Dr. Honey and her team as a permanent addition to the NYSCI collection. The event was attended by representatives from the UN’s diplomatic community, as well as academics and Museum representatives from around the world.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition at New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) runs until the 24th of April 2011. The West coast premiere of the exhibition will take place on the 27th May 2011, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, before closing on the 11th of March 2012.
Maurice Coles, on behalf of 1001 Inventions, gifts a replica Elephant Clock to NYSCI
18th March 2011, New York. The official US launch of the flagship book “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World” took place at a Barnes and Noble store in midtown Manhattan today. Chief Editor, Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, was on hand to sign copies at the event, which was part of the annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning organised by public television station WNET.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which highlights the underappreciated scientific and technological achievements of the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization, is currently touring major cities in the United States, and is based at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) until April 24th 2011.
As part of the book launch, Prof. Al-Hassani and the President of NYSCI, Dr. Margaret Honey, spoke to an invited audience of teachers and educationalists about the myth of the “Dark Ages” and the millennium of scientific history missing from school curricula across the world.
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani commented: “This ground-breaking book was only possible thanks to a network of world-class historians, scientists and engineers whose work is based on original, peer-reviewed sources. It challenges the 1000-year gap in the education system, sometimes referred to as the ‘Dark Ages’, and identifies the inventions originating from Muslim civilization which still affect our daily life. The book also highlights the vital role of women in science, it uncovers the historic collaboration and co-existence between scientists of different faiths within the Muslim world and it inspires young people to pursue careers in science and technology.
The 1001 Inventions book is now available at Barnes and Noble stores in the USA and Canada, as well as most other large bookstores in North America, with a retail price $59.50. Educators can receive a discount of 20% on the cover price at all Barnes and Noble Stores.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition at New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) runs until the 24th of April 2011. The West coast premiere of the exhibition will take place on the 27th May 2011, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, before closing on the 11th of March 2012.
Chief Editor of 1001 Inventions, Prof. Salim Al-Hassani signing 1001 Inventions book Barnes & Noble store in midtown Manhattan
3rd February 2011 - More than 400 teachers from the New York tri-state area attended a special “Open House” at New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) today, to enjoy a private viewing of the 1001 Inventions exhibition, which invited them to “Discover The Golden Age of Muslim Civilization”.
Educators from New York city and even further afield braved the snow and ice, which has encumbered the US Eastern seaboard for more than a month, to visit the recently-opened blockbuster exhibition at New York’s leading interactive science centre. The exhibition’s residency at NYSCI marks the US premiere of the 1001 Inventions initiative.
Visitors were introduced to the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization with a special screening of the award-winning educational film, 1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets, starring Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley. Following which, school teachers were invited to explore the 10,000 square foot exhibition which is divided into seven zones representing different areas of science and invention.
Junaid Bhatti, Director of Marketing for 1001 Inventions, commented: “Both 1001 Inventions and NYSCI are overwhelmed with how many school teachers took time out to attend this private viewing. The feedback we’ve received has been wholly positive and we look forward to many of the teachers who came tonight visiting us again over the next few months and bringing with them students from their schools for organised field trips.”
Prior to its arrival in the United States, the 1001 Inventions exhibition attracted record numbers of visitors during its residencies at the London Science Museum and Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmed Square, with a combined audience of more than 1 million people experiencing the blockbuster installation during it’s time in Europe.
17 December 2010, New York — The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which highlights the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, made its United States debut at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4th 2010.
In its newest version, the exhibition has enjoyed blockbuster runs in both London and Istanbul, attracting more than 800,000 visitors so far this year.
Since its first launch in Manchester's Museum of Science in 2006, the 1001 Inventions exhibition has received positive coverage from world media, who have celebrated its quality, comprehensiveness, and objectivity in presenting the facts about the vivid influence of the heritage of the Muslim world, especially in science, technology and medicine, on the modern world and civilisation.
During its first two weeks in New York, an audience of several thousand visited after dozens of US media outlets reported the arrival of the 1001 Inventions exhibition. Clyde Haberman from The New York Times published on December 7th 2010 an article "In This Show, an Islamic World Brimming with Innovation", in which he stated that the exhibition focuses on a time when the Muslim world was an incubator for ideas in science and technology.
Perry Santanachote, from WNYC Culture Desk, wrote an excellent paper (NY Hall of Science Spotlights 1001 Inventions From the Muslim World, December 03, 2010), in which she reported the views of the 1001 Inventions team and New York Hall of Science leadership, as well those of visitors many of whom were impressed by the exhibition’s ability to answer questions such as 'how did inventions and discoveries come about or where did they come from'?
On December 8, 2010, Arlene McKanic published 1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World on The Root (a division of Washington post. Newsweek Interactive, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company). Presenting 1001 Inventions as "a fun, splashy, fascinating exhibit", the article highlights the contribution of Muslim scholars from Africa –the doctor Constantine the African, from Tunis, who translated works of Arabic medicine into Latin, and Al-Jahiz, the Iraqi writer and scientist of African descent.
These reporters and numerous others over the years have recognised the aim and spirit of this unique exhibition. They saw it as a very successful attempt to popularise science amongst young people, especially those from non-Western origins, by making it fun and hands-on as against placing extant historical objects in secure see-through cabinets. They praised its attempt to bring out the important feature of continuity of scientific inventions as a global phenomenon which transcends race, culture, religion and politics, as against an erroneous and dangerous reductionist view which propounds that civilisation as we know it came from Greece and was reborn in modern Western Europe.
Visitors to the exhibition, intellectuals, journalists and indeed many other socio-cultural commentators welcomed a new space for dialogue in which the cultural roots of science are used as a tool for building inter-cultural respect and appreciation. Indeed they considered the uncovering of the scientific contribution made by Muslim civilization to be as much a history of the West as it is of the East. And that Eastern heritage enmeshed with Western science and culture. They supported the exhibition’s attempt to bring out the historical harmony that existed between Muslim and non-Muslim scientists.
They were sensitive to the fact that the exhibition brought out for the first time on the museum scene the positive role of Muslim women in science. Fair minded supporters of science and advocators of social convergence, respect and peaceful coexistence as against social divergence and conflict, social cohesion had no hesitation in supporting this exhibition. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have voted with their feet and the 1001 Inventions exhibition, sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives, well deserves its plaudits as a ‘blockbuster’.
7 December 2010, New York — The record-breaking 1001 Inventions exhibition has landed in North America at the world renowned New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and has already attracted several thousand visitors on its US debut. The exhibition’s US premiere was highly anticipated after it enjoyed blockbuster runs in both London and Istanbul, attracting 400,000 people in each city and thousands have already visited the attraction.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which highlights the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, made its United States debut at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on the 4th of December 2010 at a special event attended by local media, academics and philanthropists, including Mohammed Jameel, patron of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI).
1001 Inventions reveals the forgotten history of men and women of many different faiths and backgrounds whose contributions to the advancement of scholarship and technology during the Middle Ages helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. This period of history from the 7th through 17th centuries is commonly–though, often erroneously—referred to as the “Dark Ages.”
At the launch event, Dr. Margaret Honey, President and CEO of NYSCI, said: “Science is a universal language that has a unique power to pull people together. This exhibition reveals fascinating bits of history and a shared scientific inheritance. 1001 Inventions is about scholarship, inspiration and discovery among men and women from many cultures, making NYSCI an ideal venue for the U.S. debut — a hands-on science and technology centre in the most diverse city in the country.” Dr. Honey also thanked the 1001 Inventions project and its sponsor ALJCI for opening the exhibition’s US tour at NYSCI.
Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chief Editor of 1001 Inventions and Chairman of FSTC, said, “The New York Hall of Science is the first U.S. venue to host this global exhibition. We’re privileged to be working with such an accomplished and respected educational institution. The 1001 Inventions exhibition has had phenomenal success in London and Istanbul, with audiences of more than 400,000 people visiting the exhibition in each city. The number of visitors for the New York residency is already in the thousands and we’re aiming to reach hundreds of thousands more during the US leg of our world tour.”
The 1001 Inventions exhibition at NYSCI runs from the 4th of December 2010 to the 24th of April 2011. Admission to 1001 Inventions is free with regular NYSCI admission ($11 adults, $8 children and seniors.)
Manhattan VIPs enchanted as stories of Muslim Heritage brought to life
16th November 2010, New York: More than 600 VIP guests were in attendance at a Park Avenue gala event in Manhattan as New York City was given its first taste of the 1001 Inventions initiative. The event began with a group of twenty explainers from the renowned New York Hall of Science performing in character as pioneering figures from the history of Muslim civilisation, and ended with Prof. Salim TS Al-Hassani, chairman FSTC being presented with the inaugural NYSci award for Global Science.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition is currently on a five-year global tour and, following blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, it will enjoy its North American Premiere at the prestigious New York Hall of Science (NYSci) on the 4th of December 2010.
At NYSci’s annual gala event, a specially invited audience of VIPs were introduced to the forgotten history of men and women from a variety of faiths and backgrounds whose contributions to the advancement of scholarship and technology during the Middle Ages helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. More than twenty NYSci explainers donned medieval costume and performed short theatrical pieces about underappreciated scholars, scientists and engineers like Al-Jazari, Maimonides, Fatima Al-Fihri, Qusta ibn Luqa and Abbas ibn Firnas. The specatular and engaging performance was directed and produced by Richard Scanlon, a renowned acting coach and stage teacher from New York.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of three awards by NYSci recognising exceptional leadership in science, technology, innovation and education, as well as a special award presented to the Chief Editor of 1001 Inventions, who became the first-ever recipient of the NYSci Global Science Award. Professor Salim Al-Hassani is Chief Editor of 1001 Inventions and Chairman of its parent organisation the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC).
Presenting the award, Dr. Margaret Honey, President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science commended Prof. Al-Hassani for his “world-renowned excellence in engineering and technology and visionary leadership in showcasing science as the universal language.”
The assembled VIP audience was also introduced to a 20 ft high replica of the ‘Elephant Clock’, Master Engineer Al-Jazari’s 12th century masterpiece representing the journey of science through time and across civilisations.
Other winners at the event were Jack Hughes, Founder and Chairman of TopCoder Inc, William C. Rudin, CEO of Rudin Management Company Inc, and Linda S. Sanford, Senior Vice President of IBM.
1001 Inventions at the New York Hall of Science Uncovers a Thousand Years of Science and Technology Developed Throughout Muslim Civilization
Five-Year Global Tour Makes U.S. Debut Following Record Breaking Runs in London and Istanbul
17 November 2010, New York — After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4, 2010.
The exhibition reveals the forgotten history of men and women from a variety of faiths and backgrounds whose contributions to the advancement of scholarship and technology during the Middle Ages helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. This period of history from the 7th through 17th centuries is commonly–though, often erroneously—referred to as the “Dark Ages.”
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 20-foot replica of Al-Jazari’s “elephant clock,” which dates to the 13th century. Other signature elements include a model of a ninth century flying machine and a scale model of a Chinese junk ship built in the 15th century. Divided into seven zones, 1001 Inventions includes more than 60 interactive exhibits that delve into discoveries that shaped the home, school, market, hospital, town, world and universe. Visitors will learn when scientists first discovered how we see, how ancient approaches to health influence modern medicine, why East and West share so much architectural heritage, and the origins of everyday items like coffee, toothbrushes, soap, and much more.
“Science is a universal language that has a unique power to pull people together. This exhibition reveals fascinating bits of history and a shared scientific inheritance,” said Dr. Margaret Honey, President and CEO of NYSCI. “1001 Inventions is about scholarship, inspiration and discovery among men and women from many cultures, making NYSCI an ideal venue for the U.S. debut—a hands-on science and technology center in the most diverse city in the country.”
Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Cheif Editor of 1001 Inventions, said, “The New York Hall of Science is the first U.S. venue to host this global exhibition. We’re privileged to be working with such an accomplished and respected educational institution. The 1001 Inventions exhibition has had phenomenal success in London and Istanbul, with audiences of more than 400,000 people visiting the exhibition in each city. We look forward with great anticipation to the U.S. segment of our global tour.”
During the Middle Ages, Muslim civilization stretched from southern Spain, across the Middle East, as far as China. 1001 Inventions highlights how science has always been a truly global endeavour, by introducing visitors to European, African, Jewish, Arab, Persian, Indian, Chinese and Turkish pioneers who furthered scientific and technological understanding of our world during this thousand-year time frame. Their work is a legacy that has influenced future generations, right up to today. Among them are:
Alhazen (Hasan Ibn Al-Haytham) was a 10th century polymath from Basra (in modern-day Iraq), who is often referred to as the ‘father of modern optics’. He spent much of his life living in Egypt, including a decade under house arrest, which was where he published his most celebrated work, Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics).
Ibn Al-Haytham made significant advancements in optics, Mathematics and Astronomy, and has laid down the foundations of the present day scientific method. Ibn Al-Haytham’s work on optics is credited with contributing a new emphasis on carefully designed experiment to test theories and hypotheses.
Ibn Al-Haytham is credited with explaining the nature of light and vision, using what is now commonly referred to as a Camera Obscura.
Maimonides (Musa ibn Maymun), the 12th century Jewish physician and philosopher from Cordoba, Spain, who was an acknowledged expert in the subjects of medicine and logic.
Zheng He (Cheng Ho), the Chinese general of the 14th and 15th centuries who built wooden ships bigger than football fields and voyaged to new worlds – including, some suggest, the Americas.
Al-Jazari, the Turkish Master Engineer whose 12th century inventions include the crank mechanisms that functioned similar to those used in machines today.
Piri Reis, the Turkish Admiral and cartographer, who created one of the oldest surviving map of the Americas in the 16th century.
Abbas ibn Firnas, the first man to fly, who launched his flying machine over the Spanish city of Cordoba more than 1,000 years before the Wright brothers took to the sky.
Fatima Al-Fihri, the North African heiress who, in 859 CE, founded the world’s first modern university, which is still in operation today.
Al-Jahiz, the 8th century African biologist who first developed the theories of evolution and introduced the world to concepts like natural selection, the food chain and animal psychology a thousand years before Darwin was born.
- Al-Khwarizmi, the 9th century Persian mathematician who invented Algebra.
The academics behind the 1001 Inventions brand include an international network of historians, scientists, engineers and social scientists from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to its launch in London earlier this year, the content of 1001 Inventions was rigorously reviewed by its host, the London Science Museum, whose Director described it as a “blockbuster.” The exhibition received even greater success during its run in Istanbul, the European Capital of Culture for 2010, where it quickly became the most popular visitor attraction in Turkey. Following its run at NYSCI which ends in March 2011, 1001 Inventions will move to the California Science Center in Los Angeles and then to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2012.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition is sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives (ALJCI). Fady Jameel of ALJCI commented: “We have a long history of supporting educational and artistic endeavours in the US and Europe. Through our sponsorship of 1001 Inventions we aim to provide the role models that will inspire generations of young people, of many diverse backgrounds, to explore the possibility of becoming science and technology entrepreneurs.”
Admission to 1001 Inventions is free with regular NYSCI admission ($11 adults, $8 children and seniors.) Purchase advance tickets and learn about special group tours at www.nysci.org.
1001 Inventions is a global brand that promotes awareness of scientific and cultural achievements from the ‘Golden Age’ of Muslim civilisation and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world. This period, lasting approximately 1000 years from the 7th century onwards, coincides in part with what was once termed the ‘Dark Ages’.
The purpose of the 1001 Inventions brand is to engage with the public through diverse educational media in order to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity. The 1001 Inventions global touring exhibition and the educational products that accompany the exhibition all highlight the scientific and technological achievements made by men and women, of different faiths and cultures, who lived in or were connected with broader Muslim civilisation.
An Explainer introduces Master Engineer Al-Jazari’s ingenious inventions to the VIP audience
Originally funded by the British government and launched in the United Kingdom in 2006, 1001 Inventions was created by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). FSTC is a British based non-profit, international network of the world’s leading academics with expertise in the history of science and technology. Both 1001 Inventions and FSTC are non-religious, apolitical organizations and have received support from various arms of the British government, the Wellcome Trust, the British Science Association and ALJ Community Initiatives which is a sponsor of the touring exhibition.
The academics behind the 1001 Inventions brand include an international network of historians, scientists, engineers and social scientists from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to its launch in London last year, the content of 1001 Inventions was rigorously reviewed by its host, the London Science Museum, whose Director described it as a “blockbuster.” The exhibition received even greater success during its run in Istanbul, the European Capital of Culture for 2010, where it quickly became the most popular visitor attraction in Turkey. Following its run at NYSCI, the 1001 Inventions exhibition opens at the California Science Center in Los Angeles from the 27th May 2011.
NYSCI is New York’s center for hands-on fun and learning with more than 450 exhibits, science demonstrations, and programs for families, students and teachers. NYSCI conveys the excitement and understanding of science and technology by galvanizing curiosity and offering creative, participatory ways to learn.
Founded at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, NYSCI has developed into a leading content provider and presenter of exhibitions and programs that demystify our world and encourage curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and discovery.
A special invite only gala event was held on Friday 1st October 2010 to collectively celebrate the phenomenal success of the 1001 Inventions exhibition in Istanbul and to ceremonially handover the exhibition to New York. The gala was held in a specially constructed marquee to the rear of the exhibition with special guests Dr. Margaret Honey and Sara Lee Schupf flying in from New York to accept the symbolic gesture. Other invited guests included the Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas and numerous dignitaries and personalities from the world of academia, science, TV and government.
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To mark the handover of the exhibition from Istanbul to New York, Professor Salim Al-Hassani (Chairman of FSTC) and Prof. Bekir Karliga, Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, officially handed over the model of Al-Jazari's 12th century Scribe Clock to Dr. Margaret Honey, President of New York's Hall of Science, the next venue on our global tour.
As special guest of honour at the hand-over ceremony, Sara Lee Schupf (member of the board of trustees of New York Hall of Science), was presented with a very symbolic gift, the dream ring of Istanbul. This unique specially made ring contains an image of the Asian and European sides of Istanbul with the Bosphorus Sea running through the middle. The ring symbolizes the coming together of cultures and was a fitting gift to Sara Lee Schupf, celebrating her work over the years with the New York Hall of Science and her commitment to science and culture.
(Pictured from left) receiving the ring, Sara Lee Schupf (member of the board of trustees of New York Hall of Science), Prof. Bekir Karliga, Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani (Chairman of FSTC)
► Click above to watch the Introduction Film or click here to download (62.4 Mb)
This amazing mini feature film starring Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley, was shown inside the exhibition to all visitors and used as an orientation piece to prepare them for the main exhibition. Such was the popularity of the film it became an instant internet hit going viral overnight. The film was spreading like wildfire, being downloaded and watched online worldwide by over 3 million people within the first 8weeks. Key decision makers across the world of film and television stood up and took notice of this film leading to over 20 international awards including:
Grand Winner for Best Film (New York Film Festivals, 2010)
Gold Award for Best Education Film (IVCA, London 2010)
Grand Winner for Best Education Film (World Media Festival, Hamburg 2010)
Gold Award for Best Education Film (US International Film Festival, Los Angeles 2010)
- Gold Award for Best Education Film (Cannes 2010)
Prof. George Saliba (Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University, USA) admires the model of Al-Jazari's Elephant Clock at the entrance to the "1001 Inventions" Exhibition.
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