Aladdin's Lamp

by John Freely | History |
ISBN: 0307277836 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 6/20/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Sunday, June 20, 2021
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" Aladdin’s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their ideas throughout the Islamic world from Central Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, most notably Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroës, adding their own interpretations to the philosophy and science they had inherited. Freely goes on to show how, beginning in the twelfth century, these texts by Islamic scholars were then translated from Arabic into Latin, sparking the emergence of modern science at the dawn of the Renaissance, which climaxed in the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. "

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Wednesday, June 30, 2021
I liked this book in general but I'm a bit fed up with blurbs that are misleading! I chose this book because it was supposed to focus on how the Muslim scholars and scientists on Middle Ages translated and spread throughout the Islamic world the ideas and knowledge of the Ancient Greeks/Grecoroman world, they flourished these ideas and knowledge further and then how on the 12th century these texts by Islamic scholars were translated from Arabic to Latin, thus greatly contributing towards modern science at the dawn of Renaissance -and consequently to the "Scientific Revolution" of the 17th century.

In reality thought, all the above are only a small part of the book which is a history of science and philosophy from antiquity till recent times, mentioning and analysing many important personalities, their work and their influences or potential influences/resources which is a different subject matter than how these works were saved and transmitted. I'm not sure how an author would completely separate the two topics, but still...

Some chapters were weaker than others. I personally enjoyed the dusting off of my knowledge about the Ancient World, Byzantium, Renaissance Europe, Ottoman Empire, but I mostly appreciated the chapters about the Middle East, Maghreb, Andalusia, Samarkand 's history and people, some of which stuff I was familiar with, much of it not! Towards the end, the author adopts a more personal tone and the narration derails even more and I got a feeling that John Freely didn't know how to write an epilogue to his book.

All that said, maybe this is a somehow heavy read to indulge in one go and it's not flawless, but for sure it's very interesting!

Released 1 mo ago (7/30/2021 UTC) at Πασαλιμάνι - Pasalimani in Piraeus - Πειραιάς, Attica Greece


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