On 12 November, the Library of Alexandria hosted an International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) celebration. The event was organised in partnership with 1001 Inventions and the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
Attended by school and university students, the event aimed at celebrating IYL2015 and highlighting the contributions of the pioneering scientific thinker Ibn al-Haytham to the understanding of vision, optics and light.
The day’s activities included hands-on workshops demonstrating the role of light and its applications, science performances (light show and shadows play), and a small exhibition with one of Ibn al-Haytham’s rarest manuscripts.
The fun packed event also featured a visit to the award-winning 1001 Inventions exhibition currently hosted at the Library of Alexandria Conference Center. At the exhibition, visitors learned about the discoveries by remarkable scientists during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation including Ibn al-Haytham. The exhibition runs at the Library of Alexandria until December 15, 2015.