Banu Musa and the Science of Tricks
Kuwait, 14th November, 2018: 1001 Inventions and Advancement of Science Publishing and Distribution (ASPD), the publishing arm of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) launched today at the Kuwait International Book Fair a new children’s book about the 9th century ingenious inventors the Banu Musa brothers and their Book of Ingenious Devices in the Arabic language.
The new unique book features three of the most prominent and creative scientists of the golden age of Muslim civilisation; The Banu Musa brothers, who lived in 9th-century Baghdad and worked in the fields of mathematics, astronomy and mechanics. It brings to life one of their most famous books The Book of Ingenious Devices ‘Kitab Al-Hiyal: literally The Book of Tricks’, through showcasing some of the most amazing trick devices and machines and how they work.
The production aims to encourage creativity and innovation in young people, and inspire them with its dazzling illustrations, descriptions and experiments to experiment with the principles of physics and mechanics themselves.
The Arabic term Ilm al-Hiyal or Science of Tricks is the old name broadly used for the science of mechanics. The golden age of Muslim civilisation saw this science grow and expand through the work of scientists like Banu Musa, Al-Muradi, Al-Jazari, Al-Isfizari, Taqi Al-Din and many more.
This new book will find new audiences and build on the success of other 1001 Inventions publications that have distributed over 2 million copies worldwide.
The book launch event at the Kuwait Book Fair will feature a live science show, science demonstrations, hands on workshops and experiments.
The book is a tribute to the Banu Musa brothers and will be on display at the Kuwait Book Fair until 24 November 2018.
Muslim Heritage: The Mechanics of Banu Musa
Wikipedia: Banū Mūsā
1001 Inventions: 5 Amazing Mechanical Devices - (MH)
- Muslim Heritage: The Self Changing Fountain of Banu Musa bin Shakir
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization.
1001 Inventions has engaged with over 400 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.