TO: WHOEVER GETS EXCITED BY THIS VIDEO
It is foolish to claim that "X civilization did the scientific revolution, and If not for them, it would have never happened".
Ideas are always in the air. Humans across the world are smart, and if one person doesn't propose/invent/discover something, somebody else will soon come by and do it, and probably do it even better. For e.g
a) Although Darwin proposed the idea of biological evolution, his grandfather Erasmus Darwin himself believed in transmutation of species (almost "biological evolution"). Also, Alfred Russel Wallace himself was on the threshold of "biological evolution by natural selection" at the same time as Darwin. Wallace had even figured out few geological principles in the process (Erstwhile Land Bridges connecting lands separated by seas now).
There are very few exceptions to this.. some are such geniuses that there is very little hope that such brilliance comes by again and again.. Newton, Einstein come to mind.
Islamic Civilization did contribute to science
, and its foundation was the Greek Literature How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs
In fact, it would be shameful if Islamic Civilization HAD NOT contributed anything. After all, they ruled a good portion of the world, and encompassed huge populations. And Every civilization is BOUND to develop SOME good at least.
What is more shameful is that they contributed NOTHING in the last 1000 years, say. In the real world, a human being needs to be productive IN HIS PRODUCTIVE YEARS. You cant say "Oh.. In my primary school, I was 1st in my class, and hence I dont have to be innovative/work hard anymore"
The video starts lying very soon.
The principles of the astrolabe projection were known
before 150 B.C., and true astrolabes were made before A.D. 400.
2) "Copernicus copied from Al-Battani"
I do not know if thats true, but even though Copernicus proposed Helio-centrism, it was actually Tycho Brahe/Johannes Kepler who actually PROVED it by painstakingly collecting data (25 years of Mars and Jupiter), and figuring out the actual theory/orbits that explain the data.
It was the scientific method that established
the idea. It was a victory of the method, as much as the idea.
3) Al-idrisi: "The first man to Build a globe to prove that the earth is round"?? Why would anyone BUILD a globe to prove that?? It is MORONIC to do that. The Greeks knew about the round earth not just by observing ships at the horizon, but also by noticing the circular shadow of the earth on the moon during the lunar eclipses.
4) Adventurers.. Whatever.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has - Margaret Mead