An Early Science Quartet, ca. 1000 CE and Beyond

By: Elaheh Kheirandish and Maera Siddiqi

Sources and Script: Elaheh Kheirandish
Coordination and Narration: Maera Siddiqi

Music:
“Piano, Piano”: Dang Show, 40-Year-Old Shiraz (Shiraz-i 40 Saleh)

Films:

“Windows into Early Science”
A Production of the Academic Technology Group, Harvard University
Coordinator: Therese Condit
Narrator: Elaheh Kheirandish

“When Optics Was More than Physics”:
A Symphony of Word, Line, Eye, Mind, Light, Art, and Sight
By: Elaheh Kheirandish and Maera Siddiqi

Images

Four Corners Map: T-O world map from Isidorus, Etymologiae, 1472, Foundations of Western European Cartography in Texas Collections, A Special Collections Exhibition

Book of Constructions: Abū al-wafāʾ Buzjānī (d. ca. 998), Book on the Geometric Constructions Required by the Craftsman Kitāb fī mā yaḥtāj ilayh al-ṣāni‘ min a‘māl al-handasah, in Buzjānī-Namah, ed. Abū al-Qāsim Qurbānī, M. ʻAlī Shaykhān, Tihrān: Intishārāt va Āmūzish-i Inqilāb-i Islāmī, 1992.

Book of Instructions: Abū Rayḥān Bīrūnī (d. ca. 1050), The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology, Arabic ed. and translation by R. Ramsay Wright, London 1934, repr. 1998 (Persian ed. J. Humāʾī, Tehran:Anjuman-i Ās̲ār-i Millī, 1973; Bābak1983].

Book of Mechanics: Mi‘yār al-‘uqūl, attributed to Abū ‘Alī Sīnā (= Ibn Sīnā or Avicenna, d. ca. 1039),, ed. J. Humāʾī (Tehran: Ās̲ār-i Millī, 1331=1952)

Book of Optics: Kitāb al-manāẓir, Al-Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (d. ca. 1040), Books I-III: On Direct Vision, Kuwait: The National Council for Arts and Letters, 1983.

Calendar of Time-Keeping: Harvard University, Houghton MS 397

The Genius of Arab Civilization: Source of Renaissance / John S. Badeau ... [et al.] ; John R. Hayes, editor., New York : New York University Press, 1975.

Frontispiece: Perspectiva
Opticae thesaurus, Alhazeni. Fredrick, Risner
Arabic libri septem, Basil, 1572
Houghton f GC5 R4947 572i
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Frontispiece: Alhazen and Galileo
Selenographia, Johannes Hevelius, 1647
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Typ 620.47.452F
Houghton Library, Harvard University

New Map of Baghdad (Round City)

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