Join Our Community


Newest Articles

China Science Festival to host “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”

1001 Inventions Bahrain anchored ‘Zedni Elman’

Cairo University joins 1001 Inventions partners in Egypt 

Blockbuster exhibition will be anchor attraction at ‘Zidni Ilman’

VIP Audience Celebrates Central European Premiere of Muslim Heritage Exhibition

Award-winning production arrives at the Scientific Center of Kuwait

High profile launch for new global campaign

The Scientific Center of Kuwait & Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science

UNESCO partners with 1001 Inventions for 2015 campaign

National Educational Programme to launch in Egypt

Random Image

WEBINAR SERIES: On the Shoulders of Eastern Giants

20th October 2011, 16:00 - 16:45

We learn at school that Newton is the father of modern optics, Copernicus heralded the birth of astronomy, and Snell deduced the law of refraction. But what debt do these men owe to the physicists and astronomers of the medieval Islamic Empire? What about Ibn al-Haytham, the greatest physicist in the 2000-year span between Archimedes and Newton, whose Book of Optics was just as influential as Newton’s seven centuries later? Or Ibn Sahl, who came up with the correct law of refraction many centuries before Snell? What of the astronomers al-Tusi and Ibn al-Shatir, without whom Copernicus would not have been able to formulate his heliocentric model of the solar system? In this lecture, Jim Al-Khalili recounts the stories of these characters and more from his new book Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science.

You can find more information on the cultural roots of science at

Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM BST.
The webinar will run for approximately 45 minutes with time for a Q&A at the end.  

Speaker: Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics and Professor of the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, FSTC Fellow and supporter of 1001 Inventions.
Jim Al-Khalili is a physicist, author and broadcaster. As well as his work on radio and television, he has written a number of popular-science books, the most recent of which is Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science. His awards include the Royal Society Faraday Prize (2008), the IOP Kelvin Medal (2011), an OBE in 2008 and a Bafta nomination.

Moderator: Dr Margaret Harris, Reviews and Careers Editor, Physics World

Please click here to register

Related Links

Arabick Roots

Global Community

Best Touring Exhibition

California Exhibition

New York Exhibition

Istanbul Exhibition

London Exhibition


More Websites