Islamic Science Rediscovered

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered

California Premiere.

Closed on February 26, 2012.

Islamic Science Rediscovered celebrates the contributions of Muslim scholars and scientists in the arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, optics, and medicine.

In order to obtain your free ticket, please see our ticket sellers in our lobby.

Groups of 10 or more people should still make a reservation by calling (408) 294-8324.

Did you know…

  • The first modern hospital was built in Baghdad over a thousand years ago?
  • Persian scholars developed the foundations for modern algebra and algorithms?
  • We get the word "camera" from the Arab word "qamara"?
  • Inoculation was written about in 8th century India, long before it gained popularity in Europe?
  • In the 10th century, a Persian surgeon invented many of the surgical tools we still use today?
  • An engineer from Mesopotamia developed the camshaft along with other commonly used machines?
  • By the year 644, Persians were using windmills to manage their water supply?
  • A man in Cordoba took flight over a millennium before the Wright brothers were born?
  • A 10th century Persian surgeon used catgut for internal stitches?
  • A 13th century Arab doctor described the circulatory system 300 years before William Harvey?

This amazing, interactive exhibition reveals 1000 years of discovery on 3 continents – Africa, Europe and Asia – and is suitable for all ages.

From the 8th to the 18th century, Muslim scientists drew upon ideas from various cultures, from Greece to Egypt and India, which produced a fountain of ideas that watered the multicultural roots of modern science and technology. Rediscover the roots of Silicon Valley's innovation - algorithms, Arabic numerals, astronomy, aviation, engineering, medical and biological and more!

Designed to unearth the scientific know-how of an Islamic Golden Age, the exhibition showcases the primary fields of Islamic scientific endeavor including: architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water control.

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered is recommended for all ages.

Timed tickets are used for this exhibition.

Note: No photography. No cell phones. No Food. No refunds.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

  • Last timed-ticket is 60 minutes before closing.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your selected entry time.
  • Recommended viewing time is 1 hour.
  • If you plan to see an IMAXTM film, we recommend a time slot before your scheduled viewing.

Exhibition hosts Our trained exhibition hosts of Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered help demystify this grand civilization and introduces visitors to the vast influence of its discoveries and inventions on contemporary society.

Exhibition

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered
California Premiere.

Closed on February 26, 2012.

Kids

 

Exhibition hosts

Our trained exhibition hosts of Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered help demystify this grand civilization and introduces visitors to the vast influence of its discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. Located inside the exhibition they are there to provide context and answer your questions.

The exhibition has 9 areas for you to explore and discover.

Flight

Over 1000 years ago, near Cordoba, Spain, Abbas ibn Farnas climbed into his glider and flew. Examine a recreation of the glider that helped pave the way for other scientists and learn about man's long quest to fly like a bird.

The Great Explorers

Muslim explorers were skilled navigators and mapmakers who traveled throughout the vast Islamic Empire and as far as Central Africa and China. Learn about these great explorers and how they shared spices, coffees and their navigation skills with the world.

Houses of Wisdom

The precursor to modern libraries, universities, Houses of Wisdom held vast collections of manuscripts as well as translations from other civilizations such as the Ancient Greeks. This kept knowledge alive and allowed Muslim scientists to continue to draw upon ideas from various cultures, from Greece to Egypt and India. Houses of Wisdom were places where cutting edge issues were debated and learning expanded.

Mathematics

Math was widely applied in astronomy, navigation, architecture and art. Islamic scholars invented algebra, and made significant contributions to trigonometry and geometry. See how the Spanish castle of Alhambra was built with these mathematical principles thereby enhancing its enduring beauty.

Engineering

Learn about Al-Jazari and the Banu Musa brothers, scholars who laid the foundations of modern engineering with the first robots in the form of giant water clocks, as well as tantalizing trick devices that explained technological innovations. Modern engineering is indebted to these inventors for many technologies such as segmental gears, the crankshaft and the float valve.

Optics

The foundation of modern optics can be traced to the research of Muslim scholars. This research gave rise to the first camera and revealed the mechanics of the human eye.

Medicine

Learn about the influence of Muslim medicine in the development of the modern hospital and pharmacy, and in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The use of catgut to close wounds, revolutionary surgical tools, the discovery of pulmonary circulation, and much more can be documented to Musim scholars sometimes centuries before their Western counterparts.

Astronomy

The study of the skies to keep accurate track of time and navigation were critical to Muslim life. Significant contributions my Muslim scholars were made in this field by building upon existing knowledge and also ground-breaking theories.

Water Control

The ability to control and harness the poser of water was vital to the many arid regions of the Islamic empire. Learn more about the complex irrigation systems, fountains and machines powered by water developed during this Golden Age of Science and Technology.

Education

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered

California Premiere.

Closed on February 26, 2012.

Education

Beginning Wed Dec 21, 2011 through February 26, 2012, we are proud to offer free admission to this exhibition.

Islamic Science Rediscovered celebrates the contributions of Muslim scholars and scientists in the arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, optics, and medicine.

In order to obtain your free ticket, please see our ticket sellers in our lobby.

Meets many California Content Standards in History-Social Science, Science and Math for various grade levels.

The Tech Museum and ING Student Contest: Winter 2012
We are running a contest for your students. The winning class will be awarded entrance to one free hands-on science labs (for list of possible labs) valued at $225 for up to 32 students, tickets to see Arabia in The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater valued at $4 per person on the field trip.

Arabia (45 minutes) is a thought-provoking learning adventure about a land steeped in myth and mystery. For more information about Arabia including curriculum standards download the Educator and Activity Guide. (Title 1 schools qualify for fee-waived IMAX. )

Read more about the exhibit at: The Tech Museum.

From the following contest question, have your students submit either a 1-page typed essay, drawing, or art project that directly addresses the one of the questions below. All submission should be received at The Tech Museum by January 27, 2012.

By Mail:
The Tech Museum
201 South Market Street
San Jose, Ca 95113
Attn: Marketing: ing Student Contest 2012
By Email: studentcontest2012@thetech.org

Contest Questions (one per student):

  1. Name one scientific discovery that you are impressed by from the Muslim World from the time period 700 - 1700 CE (refer to Exhibit site for ideas). Explain the scientific discovery and why you picked it.
  2. Is religious freedom still valued in the United States and how does having an exhibit like this represent the application of the First Amendment?
  3. How is diversity in America similar to the concept of diversity throughout the Muslim world?

What is one example of how you practice the principles of cultural diversity in your everyday life?

To Book a free field trip for your class now!
Be sure to leave time to explore our hands-on exhibits in the museum.
Call (408) 294-8324 to reserve your field trip.
Check out this website for more ideas and information to use in your classroom.

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered is an amazing, interactive exhibition that reveals 1000 years of discovery on 3 continents – Africa, Europe and Asia – and is suitable for all ages. Amazing ancient Islamic inventions are brought to life by more than 40 stations with interactive exhibits. This global touring exhibition celebrates the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (circa 8th to 18th centuries CE) and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society.

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered offers you and your students the rare opportunity to discover the innovation, science, and technology mastery of one of today's most misunderstood cultures.

Hear what teachers like you have told us about this exhibition after the first open house:

"Very relative to 7th Grade World History CA Standards in curriculum."
Grade 6-8 teacher from Redwood Christian Middle School/High School

"The exhibits are appropriate for multiple age groups"
Teacher from Sierra School, Grades 6-12

"Great combination of science and history. "
Grade 4-5 teacher from Ohlone PAUSD

"So much to learn - beautiful exhibits. "
Grade 4-5 teacher Clyde A.

"This exhibit provides numerous examples and "jumping off" points for science and social studies curriculum."
Grade 4-5 teacher from Campbell Christian School

"I loved it! 120 students are coming the end of Sept. "
Grade 6-8 teacher from Dartmouth Middle School
 

The exhibition covers the main fields of Islamic scientific endeavor including architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water control.

Complement your Islamic Science Rediscovered Experience
See Arabia.
Only $4 more per person in The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.
Title 1 schools qualify for fee-waived IMAX.

Arabia (45 minutes) is a thought-provoking learning adventure about a land steeped in myth and mystery. Experience the story of one of the most powerful, yet least understood, regions on Earth today. Audiences will hurtle back into the Islamic Golden Age of Invention. Join three million Muslims on the Hajj pilgrimage and get to know the young Arabians transforming tomorrow's world. For more information including curriculum standards download the download the Educator Guide.

Hands on Science Workshop

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered

California Premiere.

Closed on February 26.

Hands-On Science Workshop: Ingenious Inventions
Closed on February 26
Free with museum admission
Limited Capacity. First-come, First-served.
The Tech Innovation at Play Gallery, Lower Level.

We all know that Silicon Valley is an innovative place. But do you know about the amazing inventions and discoveries that came out of the Islamic Golden Age of science and technology?

Bringing together science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) with hands-on learning, our latest Hands-On Science Workshop draws inspiration from The Tech Museum's blockbuster exhibit, Islamic Science Rediscovered, and the IMAX movie Arabia.

Travel back to the Golden Age of Islam to:

  • Explore the properties of light as you make a take-home pinhole camera.
  • Devise a way to move water using simple machines.
  • Be dazzled by the geometric tessellations to be found in arabesque mosaic art.
  • Discover how Hindu-Arabic numerals and the power of zero transformed the world. Design a balancing mobile made from geometric shapes as you get math equations in your hands, and then balance and solve your own algebraic equations.

From the 8th to the 18th century, Muslim scientists drew upon ideas from various cultures, from Greece to Egypt and India, which in turn produced a fountain of ideas that watered the multicultural roots of modern science and technology, ultimately leading to the technological ingenuity and innovative mindset that defines Silicon Valley today.

 

Activities for the Classroom

Islamic Science Rediscovered
California Premiere
Limited Engagement. Now Open.

Ideas for the classroom including Activity Sheets

Check out this website for more ideas and information to use in your classroom.

Lecture Series

Inside Islamic Science: Dialogues and Discussions
Moderated by Angie Coiro

Elephant Clock

 

The events are moderated by acclaimed interviewer Angie Coiro.
Each interview, panel discussion, or lecture offers constructive dialogue on culture, religion, knowledge and beliefs, sparked by The Tech Museum's latest exhibition, Islamic Science Rediscovered.

Participate. Exchange ideas. Get in depth perspectives. Take part in a forum bringing balanced perspective on Islam and its contributions throughout history. Engage with others to probe a culture that is often demonized and misunderstood.

Angie Coiro

Past Lectures and Public Events relating to Islamic Science Rediscovered

Prices:

Lecture Only: $10.00; only $5.00 for members. One price for all ages. Museum and/or IMAX admission extra.

Admission to Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered:
Beginning Wed Dec 21, 2011 through February 26, 2012, we are proud to offer free admission to this exhibition.

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered celebrates the contributions of Muslim scholars and scientists in the arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, optics, and medicine.

In order to obtain your free ticket, please see our ticket sellers in our lobby.

Groups of 10 or more people should still make a reservation by calling (408) 294-8324.

For more information please call (408) 294-8324

Media Room

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered

California Premiere.

Closed on February 26, 2012.

Exhibition
 

Contacts:
Roqua Montez
Director of Public Relations
The Tech Museum
(408) 795-6225
rmontez@thetech.org
Shereen Shabnam
Business Development Director
Islamic Science Rediscovered
+971 4 390 2796
shereen@mtestudios.com

 

Press Releases

Islamic Science Rediscovered is aligned with museum's mission to provide science and technology experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action.

Exhibit Hours

Daily: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Last tickets sold 60 minutes prior.

Holiday Hours

December 19 -23 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

December 24 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

December 25 closed

December 26-30 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

December 31 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

January 1-2 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

January 16 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

February 20 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special Exhibit Community

ARABIA in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater

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