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Science and Islam

Science and Islam is a three-part BBC documentary series presented by Jim Al-Khalili, exploring the history of science in medieval Islamic civilization. Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science - there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis.

Episode 1 - The Language of Science
This episode tells of how the Islamic world increased scientific knowledge between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Episode 2 - The Empire of Reason
Jim Al-Khalili takes a look at how Egyptian physicist Ibn al-Haytham helped establish the science of optics.

Episode 3 - The Power of Doubt
In this episode, Jim Al-Khalili looks at how Islamic scientific ideas permeated into the West in the 16th and 17th centuries.


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