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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Contributions from the Muslim World

I'm currently taking a class at Berkeley on the History of the World from a Muslim perspective. The professor mentioned that anytime we hear a word with "Al" in a name, it came from the ancient Islamic world. I did not know this. I went to Wikipedia and learned medieval Islam made these contributions in the world:
  • Alchemy (chemistry)
  • Alcohol
  • Algebra 
  • Algorithm
  • Astronomy
These advances were done during or before the dark ages!
I then remembered a lecture from Neil deGrasse Tyson where he asked the question "why don't we see more Muslims getting a Nobel prize?"

So what changed from those ancient days to now? What happened to this culture being the leader in physics, math, chemistry, and science?