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    Posted: 08-Mar-2009 at 21:46
Hello everybody ,
I had a question in my mind for sometime now, and i wanted to ask how really were the Muslim scientists in the Islamic golden ages influential on today's modern science? or what is their influence on modern science?
This is also a chance to gain more knowledge about the Islamic science and scientists, if you can state one or more scientist and his achievements in his own fields.......
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Of course they had an impact... a great deal of the science passed on - through learning, through traveling monks and scholars...

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Originally posted by kaznder kaznder wrote:

Hello everybody ,
I had a question in my mind for sometime now, and i wanted to ask how really were the Muslim scientists in the Islamic golden ages influential on today's modern science? or what is their influence on modern science?
This is also a chance to gain more knowledge about the Islamic science and scientists, if you can state one or more scientist and his achievements in his own fields.......
Thanks all,
yours,
Kaznder
 
I believe the influence was huge. It is true that muslim science helped transmit ancient Greek science, Indian mathematics and Chinese technology to Europe. However, the scientists of the Muslim world developed a lot of original works as well.
Al-Kwarismi in mathematics developed Algebra. Other scientists developed trigonometry. In medicine there were several developments, particularly in surgery. There are many interesting creators among the Muslims. However, if you ask me to chose one, my favorite is Al-Hazen, the creator of modern optics.
 
 
 
 
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Ibn Sina is one that comes to mind immediately. Al Battani and Al Farabi are a couple of additional ones.
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There's no such thing as 'Islamic' (or Christian or whatever) science.
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There was communist science though.
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Al-Khwarizmi was a Zoroastrian, according to Islamic sources.
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Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

There's no such thing as 'Islamic' (or Christian or whatever) science.
It stems from the "Islamic" world and culture however, thus the term is not a misnomer when used sparringly in such wider themes and topics. Better term than Arab sicience considering quite a few had not been Arabs. Furthermore, if not Muslim they stem from the culturo-political sphere of the Caliphal system. I guess you could call it that, too.

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I don't think he means that.
 
I think he means there's only one way of doing science correctly no-matter who you are. No Arab, Islamic or whatever spin can be put on it.
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Yeah. I know, but that while true has nothing to do with beforesaid labels however.

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It's OK to talk of Muslim scientists or Christian rockstars or Mormon full-backs or Hindu bridge-players, because someone can be a Muslim and a scientist: but he doesn't study 'Muslim science'.
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Of course she or he doesn't study Muslim or Islamic science, but the label for those scientists or amalgam of science developed around that particular region would fall under the banner of Islamic science. This of course doesn't make it any different in theory and practive from other types of science as all science generally follows a certain blueprint.

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The problem really is that 'Islamic' is too broad for that to work. We talk reasonably happily about 'Greek science' because everyone knows we mean ancient Greek science - i.e. the state of science in the Hellenistic world between, say, Heraclitus and Ptolemy, as written in (ancient) Greek. Basically the same is true of Egyptian mathematics and Roman engineering.
 
But, since it has no period or geographical connotation, 'Islamic science' implies that there is some special kind of science related to the Islamic religion. Which there isn't.
 
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I think to say "Islamic Science" is at least better than to say "Arabic Science", of course they are Europeans who mostly invent these names and titles, like Shahrzad's "1001 Nights" stories that they call "Arabian Nights"!!!
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