1001 Inventions Celebrates Ibn Al-Haytham at Manchester’s Iconic Central Library
1001 Inventions is organising “Ibn Al-Haytham: Mysteries of How We See” family event at the iconic Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Science Festival.
The event to be held on October 23, 24, 26 and 27 will take children on a wondrous journey to fascinating ancient times through the eyes of Ibn al-Haytham, the 11th century pioneer from Arabia, who made remarkable contributions to the understanding of light, optics and vision.
Visitors will be introduced to the principles of light and vision through many exciting activities; walking into a giant turban-shaped camera obscura, watching demonstrations of live optical illusions, learning how 3D glasses work with the opportunity to make their own pair, and much more. Children will leave understanding the secrets of optics, knowing why and how light travels in straight lines, and with new knowledge on the contributions of ancient civilisations to our understanding of vision.
Children and their families will also have the opportunity to watch the exciting short film starring late legendary actor Omar Sharif following the story of the brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia.
Families are invited to join the Ibn Al-Haytham event at Manchester Central Library for a fun-filled journey of learning through seeing, exploring and doing. Educators are also encouraged to visit and learn about grants for a new science programme inspired by 1001 Inventions award-winning exhibitions.
1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, New York Academy of Sciences and the United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London, the Jordan Museum in Amman and in many other cities around the world.
EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE
Dates and Location
Ibn Al-Haytham: Mysteries of How We See
Tuesday 23 October, Wednesday 24 October and Friday 26 October 2018
11.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday 27 October 2018 – 11.00am – 5.00pm
Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
About Manchester Science Festival
Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, which is part of the Science Museum Group, Manchester Science Festival is a creative, playful and surprising science festival taking place across Greater Manchester. Having launched in 2007, Manchester Science Festival is now the largest science festival in England and the North’s premier cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation.
Dubbed part laboratory, part playground, the Festival invites over 130,000 visitors to extraordinary events every year, ranging from art installations and theatre to comedy, debates and workshops.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
1001 Inventions has engaged with over 350 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.
About Manchester Central Library
Central Library is the city’s main library and information service. Situated just off St Peter’s Square, this iconic city venue, designed by E. Vincent Harris, was first opened in 1934. Following a £50m refurbishment in 2010, taking four years, the Grade II listed building has been brought into the 21st century by combining historic features with cutting-edge design. Most of our events take place in the Archives+ area on the ground floor and the performance space on the ground floor.
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