Science and Islam (Hardback)

A History

Ehsan Masood

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From Musa al-Khwarizmi who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad to al-Jazari, a 13th-century Turkish engineer whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft and the reciprocating piston, Science and Islam tells the story of one of history’s most misunderstood yet rich and fertile periods in science: the extraordinary Islamic scientific revolution between 700 and 1400 CE.

Ehsan Masood is a senior editor with the science journal Nature, based in London. His other books include The Great Invention, on the story of how GDP became the world’s dominant economic indicator. For a decade he taught science and innovation policy at Imperial College London and he is also a former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also presented Islam and Science, a three-part series for BBC Radio on science in today’s Islamic world.

‘Science and Islam, a fascinating and clearly written book.’New Scientist
‘And, as this impressive book by Eshan Masood, which ‘accompanies a major television series’, reveals, this intersection between science and religion also permeated the history of Islam.’Geographical Magazine
‘This is a delightful and approachable book, packed with surprises and treats and offered by a writer whose passion for the subject does not daunt his objectivity.’Wharf
‘Refreshingly different ….Masood’s [book] emphasis on context, combined with his easy prose, measured self-confident tone, and an effort to inject compelling human drama into the narrative, makes the present book – for the most part – wonderfully captivating.’Arif Babul, Observatory Magazine

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ISBN: 9781848310407

Price: 14.99 GBP 35.00 AUD 39.99 NZD 30.00 CAD 14.99 GBP

Pages: 256

Publication date: 23/12/2008

Category: History & Current Affairs, Popular Science

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