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Newton’s Third Law of Motion – Physics

By |2018-05-31T11:49:16-07:00August 17th, 2017|Physics|

The ballet dancer Misty Copeland jumps high by pushing off the floor. As with the First and Second Laws of Motion, an Islamic scientist was the first to propose the  Third Law of Motion too. Ibn Bajjah, who lived in Islamic Spain, was a physicist. He lived in the 1000s, a little later [...]

Newton’s Second Law of Motion – Physics

By |2018-05-31T11:49:28-07:00August 17th, 2017|Physics|

How hard will the ball hit the catcher's glove? It depends how big the ball is. how fast the pitcher throws it, and how far away the catcher is. Like the First Law of Motion, the Second Law of Motion started out with work in the medieval Islamic Empire, about 1000 AD in [...]

Newton’s First Law of Motion – Physics

By |2018-05-31T11:49:24-07:00August 17th, 2017|Islam, Physics|

Isaac Newton, mathematician and physicist About 1000 AD, in the Islamic Empire, Ibn Sina came up with the idea that an object moving in a vacuum would just keep moving forever without slowing down. But to prove this was always true, you'd need calculus, which hadn't been invented yet. In the 1700s, Isaac Newton figured out [...]

Newton’s Laws of Motion – Movement – Physics

By |2018-05-31T11:49:25-07:00August 17th, 2017|Physics|

Light takes years to reach us from these stars far away in space. When solid objects move through space, they follow certain rules that let us predict how they will act. We call the first three rules Newton's Laws of Motion, and they say that: An object in motion tends to remain in motion, and an [...]

Enlightenment Science in Europe

By |2019-05-29T07:46:59-07:00August 7th, 2017|Math, Modern Europe, Physics, Science|

Gottfried Leibniz, a German mathematician - Enlightenment science What set off the Enlightenment? By 1650 AD, Europeans understood Islamic algebra and trigonometry better. Then they combined that with the exciting invention of the telescope and microscope (thanks to earlier Islamic work on glass). Together, these two new things led to a lot more new scientific discoveries. Medieval and modern glass Medieval [...]

Medieval Islamic science

By |2018-04-24T08:21:20-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|

Al Tusi's diagram of linear motion from circular motion In the Early Middle Ages, before the formation of the Islamic Empire, Buddhists ran the world's biggest universities. One was in India, at Nalanda. Another was in what is now Pakistan, at Taxila. In Egypt, the University of Alexandria was still an important center of learning, too. Most serious scholars went to [...]