1001 Inventions Exhibition
The landmark 1001 Inventions Touring Exhibition began its UK-wide tour at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in March 2006, and has continued to tour the UK, featuring in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Birmingham ThinkTank, Glasgow Science Centre and Croyden Clocktower with much critical acclaim. Press releases, media coverage and further information on the exhibition can be found on a dedicated website: www.1001inventions.com.
The unique content of the exhibition has been planned to generate awareness and appreciation of the scientific discoveries Muslims have made over a time-span of 1000 years. The lasting legacy of Muslim inventiveness and scholarship still serves as a beacon to inspire and motivate young people around the world.
The exhibition examines historical inventions and innovations, ones that still affect our life, made by some of the greatest Muslim minds, including:
- Discovering coffee and developing the art of coffee drinking
- Inventing the camera
- Using carpets for home insulation
- Industrial use of paper, invention of the fountain pen, and using libraries to promote public learning
- Making soap and setting up public baths
- Formulating pills and making surgical tools
- Navigation devices and charting world maps
- Flying with wings and a rocket
The exhibition is split into seven main zones: home, school, market, hospital, town, world and universe. It aims to encourage, inspire and motivate British youth – in particular young people of the ethnic communities – to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. It uses a range of multimedia, including graphical simulations, 3D animations and interactive replicas to bring to life the ingenious mechanical devices and automatic machines invented by Muslims.
The 1001 Inventions project strongly emphasizes how Muslims, both female and male, worked harmoniously alongside people of different faiths and races across Europe, Asia and Africa, and were able to contribute extensively in many fields including science and medicine.
by: FSTC Limited, Sat 15 November, 2008