By John Freely
Aladdin’s Lamp is the interesting tale of the way old Greek philosophy and technological know-how begun within the 6th century B.C. and, in the course of the subsequent millennium, unfold around the Greco-Roman global, generating the amazing discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and so on. John Freely explains how, because the darkish a long time shrouded Europe, students in medieval Baghdad translated the works of those Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their rules in the course of the Islamic international from imperative Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, so much significantly Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroës, including their very own interpretations to the philosophy and technology they'd inherited. Freely is going directly to express how, starting within the 12th century, those texts via Islamic students have been then translated from Arabic into Latin, sparking the emergence of recent technological know-how on the sunrise of the Renaissance, which climaxed within the medical Revolution of the 17th century.
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Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World by John Freely