Hundreds witness 1001 Inventions book launch in New York
18th March 2011, New York. The official US launch of the flagship book “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World” took place at a Barnes and Noble store in midtown Manhattan today. Chief Editor and the Chairman of FSTC, Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, was on hand to sign copies at the event, which was part of the annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning organised by public television station WNET.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which highlights the underappreciated scientific and technological achievements of the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization, is currently touring major cities in the United States, and is based at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) until April 24th 2011.
Prof. Al-Hassani speaking at the Teaching and Learning event run by WNET in New York
As part of the book launch, Prof. Al-Hassani and the President of NYSCI, Dr. Margaret Honey, spoke to an invited audience of teachers and educationalists about the myth of the “Dark Ages” and the millennium of scientific history missing from school curricula across the world.
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani commented: “This ground-breaking book was only possible thanks to a network of world-class historians, scientists and engineers whose work is based on original, peer-reviewed sources. It challenges the 1000-year gap in the education system, sometimes referred to as the ‘Dark Ages’, and identifies the inventions originating from Muslim civilization which still affect our daily life. The book also highlights the vital role of women in science, it uncovers the historic collaboration and co-existence between scientists of different faiths within the Muslim world and it inspires young people to pursue careers in science and technology.
“We have already sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Europe and the rest of the world. We hope to achieve a similar level of success in North America over the coming years and the response from the education community here has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The 1001 Inventions book is now available at Barnes and Nobles stores in the USA and Canada, as well as most other large bookstores in North America, with a retail price $59.50. Educators can receive a discount of 20% on the cover price at all Barnes and Noble Stores.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition at New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) runs until the 24th of April 2011. The West coast premiere of the exhibition will take place on the 27th May 2011, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, before closing on the 31st of December 2011.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of scientific and cultural achievements from the ‘Golden Age’ of Muslim civilisation and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world. This period, lasting approximately 1000 years from the 7th century onwards, coincides in part with what was once termed the ‘Dark Ages’.
The purpose of the 1001 Inventions initiative is to engage with the public through diverse educational media in order to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity. The 1001 Inventions global touring exhibition and the educational products that accompany the exhibition all highlight the scientific and technological achievements made by men and women, of different faiths and cultures, who lived in or were connected with broader Muslim civilisation.
Originally funded by the British government and launched in the United Kingdom in 2006, 1001 Inventions was created by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). FSTC is a British based non-profit, international network of the world’s leading academics with expertise in the history of science and technology. Both 1001 Inventions and FSTC are non-religious, apolitical organizations and have received support from various arms of the British government, the Wellcome Trust, the British Science Association and ALJ Community Initiatives which is the global sponsor of the touring exhibition.
The academics behind the 1001 Inventions initiative include an international network of historians, scientists, engineers and social scientists from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to its launch in London last year, the content of 1001 Inventions was rigorously reviewed by its host, the London Science Museum, whose Director described it as a “blockbuster.” The exhibition received even greater success during its run in Istanbul, the European Capital of Culture for 2010, where it quickly became the most popular visitor attraction in Turkey. Following its run at NYSCI, the 1001 Inventions exhibition opens at the California Science Center in Los Angeles from the 27th May 2011.