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Istanbul will host the 1001 Inventions exhibition later this year. Speaking at the Science Museum in London, Minister Kerem Kiratli of the Turkish Republic said "we welcome 1001 Inventions as part of the Istanbul European Capital City of Culture celebrations."
Considered by the media as London’s most successful exhibition, the new block buster 1001 Inventions exhibition has already attracted over 300,000 visitors to its first venue, the prestigious Science Museum in London. After closing on 30th June 2010 it will begin a high profile world tour starting with Istanbul.
Sponsored by the Jameel Foundation with academic partner the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), 1001 Inventions demonstrates that for a thousand years from the seventh century onwards, exceptional scientific and technological advancements were made within Muslim civilisation.
Men and women of various beliefs and backgrounds worked together, building upon ideas of earlier worldwide scholars and made breakthroughs that helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. These examples are intended to inspire youth to seek achievement in the field of science and to promote cultural inter-appreciation by celebrating our shared scientific heritage.
To mark the move to Istanbul, a handover ceremony took place on the 25th May 2010 at the Science Museum in London. Professor Salim Al-Hassani (Chairman of FSTC) and Lord William Waldegrave (Chairman of the Science Museum, London) delivered a model of Al-Jazari's 12th century Scribe Clock to His Excellency Minister Kerem Kiratli (of the Turkish Republic) as a symbolic handover of the 1001 Inventions exhibition from London to the City of Istanbul.
PHOTO: (Left to right) Professor Salim Al-Hassani (Chairman) and Lord William Waldegrave (Chairman of the Science Museum, London) handing over a model of Al-Jazari's 12th century Scribe Clock to Minister Kerem Kiratli (of the Turkish Republic) as a symbolic handover of the 1001 Inventions exhibition from London to the City of Istanbul.