These thinkers, scientists and inventors came from southern Spain, eastern China and everywhere in between. Their work resulted in huge breakthroughs in a number of fields, where all discovered knowledge was collected and translated into Arabic.
Arabic was a the lingua franca at the time, which means that it was the most commonly spoken tongue. Considered as the language of science, poetry, literature and art, Arabic’s widespread use cemented this wealth of knowledge and discovery which defined the period as the golden age of Arab science.
If you want to learn more about the knowledge and inventions that came out of that time, all you have to do is head over to Macau in the South Coast of China.
Yeah, you read that right.
Known as the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is an autonomous city on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. Other than its multi-cultural influences, it’s casinos, malls, islands and amazing views, it’s also well known for the Macao Science Center which opened ten years ago.
Currently on show at the Macao Science Center until the October 31, is an exhibition entitled, 1001 Inventions Exhibition Project.
The exhibition features over 60 interactive exhibits, short films, theatre and workshops introducing visitors to the rich history of the scientific development of the Golden Age of Arab Science.
Starting from the 7th century and covering the Middle East region, the exhibition showcases in so many different ways not only the legacy of the time period but how many of the inventions and acquired knowledge still impact our lives today.