A Book Review of "Lost History" by Michael Hamilton Morgan
2038 words 9 pagesUICI 2022– F1 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & MANKIND
DR. ABDUL AZEEZ YUSUF
Book Review of “Lost History” by Michael Hamilton Morgan
(30th NOVEMBER 2012)
MEHRAN QADRI (A11CS2005)
AHMAD AL RAZI (A11KP2008) MUHAMMAD SAYID SABIQ (AC102001)
The book that we have chosen to review is titled “Lost History, the Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists”. The author of the book is Michael Hamilton Morgan. The book was published in the year 2007 and also holds the same copyright date. The book is a non-fiction. The main subject matter of the book is the history of the Islamic civilization from the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in 570 A.D. …show more content…
Baghdad gave birth to algebra and advanced trigonometry, the names of the stars, the mixtures of tinctures and remedies, and the heart of philosophy and literature.
Baghdad over the next four centuries grew into a global intellectual centre with universities, schools, the first urban hospitals and observatories. By the 13th century, Baghdad had 36 public libraries and 100 booksellers. The author has thus clearly mentioned the change of events that took place under the rule of Caliph Al-Ma’mūn.
The author uses the method of exposition in his book when he explains the scientific and philosophical works of the early Muslim scientists and thinkers. The author gives a detailed exposition of the Persian Omar Khayyām, who, besides being a renowned poet, was a mathematical and astronomical genius. The author further goes on to explain that in 1079, Omar Khayyām calculated the length of the solar year to be 365.24219858156 days. The author compares it to our time in the 21st century, where our latest calculation is 365.242190 days. The author finally states that Omar Khayyām also demonstrated that the earth revolves on its axis and that the heavens did not orbit the earth. This is a refutation to the claims of the modern western civilization which claims that the above mentioned scientific