DC Lecture: Islamic Science and Renaissance Europe


WHAT: George Saliba, senior distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will discuss “Islamic Science and The Making of Renaissance Europe.”

Saliba’s illustrated talk will explore the scientific ideas that passed from the Islamic world to the European Renaissance during the 15th and 16th centuries. He will show the connection between mathematical innovations produced in the Islamic world and mathematical astronomy during the Renaissance. Saliba will rely on evidence that was culled from copies of original Arabic scientific manuscripts and their Latin counterparts.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Saliba to a 10-month post as a Kluge scholar last July. Saliba is professor of Arabic and Islamic science in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He received a master’s degree in Semitic languages and a doctorate in Islamic sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. Saliba has been a professor at Columbia since 1979.

WHERE: Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHEN: 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27,

The event, sponsored by the Kluge Center, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

 


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