Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered

California Premiere. Closes February 26.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Islamic Science Rediscovered was researched and developed by MTE Studios, located in Dubai U.A.E and Capetown South Africa. MTE Studios has also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, the multidisciplinary team delivered turnkey a museum on Islamic Science for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. © MTE Studios

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