From satellite-enabled GPS to hi-tech medical procedures – much of today’s modern science builds on the work of great thinkers from the past. But while the names Newton, Galileo and Copernicus are well known, just who were the scientists who came before them – in the Golden Age of Islamic Science? Iraqi-born theoretical physicist Jim al-Khalili takes us on a journey of discovery, unravelling the links between the latest scientific developments and the unsung scientific heroes of the past.
We trace the path from modern technology back to the scientists who developed robots, water pumps and trick mechanisms.
Remembering the Arab world’s era of scientific achievement, Jim al-Khalili asks if Islamic science can flourish again.
We explore the origins of algebra and mathematics that underpin the science of flight and the transport of the future.
We explore the evolution of astronomy, from Persian astronomer al-Tusi to Copernicus and the space scientists of today.
Physicist Jim al-Khalili reveals how Islamic thinkers played a crucial role in explaining light and optics.
Jim al-Khalili unravels the links between latest scientific developments and the unsung scientific heroes of the past.