Friday, September 2, 2011

New Exhibit at The Tech Opens Tomorrow

California Premiere of
Islamic Science Rediscovered
Opens to the public Saturday, September 3.

Challenging Misconceptions, Illuminating Diversity.

Did the Wright Brothers soar in the sky first?
Was Leonardo the first to describe "machines of the future"?

Long overlooked or often misattributed, the remarkable contributions of Muslim scholars in science and technology have quietly floundered as no more than common footnotes of world history.
  • Centuries before Orville and Wilbur Wright took flight, Abbas ibn Farnas was soaring over the hilly Spanish countryside in a one-man glider - a thousand years before the famed Wright flight in North Carolina.

  • Al-Jazari busied himself laying the foundations of modern engineering and writing the Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices in 1206, where he described fifty mechanical devices along with instructions on how to build them, more than 200 years before Leonardo da Vinci became revered for this technological ingenuity.
This global touring exhibition celebrates the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (circa 8th to 18th centuries CE) and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society.

Amazing ancient Islamic inventions are brought to life by more than 40 stations with interactive and sensory exhibits and videos. The exhibition covers the main fields of Islamic scientific endeavor including architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water control.

Complement your Islamic Science Rediscovered Experience
See Arabia in The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.
Only $5 more per person.

Arabia (45 minutes) is a thought-provoking learning adventure about a land steeped in myth and mystery. Experience the story of one of the most powerful, yet least understood, regions on Earth today. Audiences will hurtle back into the Islamic Golden Age of Invention. Join three million Muslims on the Hajj pilgrimage, and get to know the young Arabians transforming tomorrow's world.

Plus New Hands-On Science Workshop: Ingenious Inventions
Opens Sept 3, 2011
Free with museum admission
Limited Capacity. First-come, First-served.
Space is limited. See museum signs for times.
The Tech Innovation at Play Gallery, Lower Level.

Travel back to the Golden Age of Islam to explore the properties of light as you make a take-home pinhole camera.
  • Devise a way to move water using simple machines.
  • Be dazzled by the geometric tessellations to be found in arabesque mosaic art.
  • Discover how Hindu-Arabic numerals and the power of zero transformed the world. Design a balancing mobile made from geometric shapes as you get math equations in your hands, and then balance and solve your own algebraic equations.
Adults: $18.99
Seniors: (65+) / College Students with ID: $16.99
Children: (ages 3-17): $13.99

Includes admission to Islamic Science Rediscovered AND admission to all the regular galleries of The Tech Museum (when available). Pricing does not include IMAX.

Or buy tickets in person at The Tech Museum or call(408) 294-8324.

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