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One important event in humanity's progress was the birth of modern science and technology. This happened in the West, in particular in Europe, and nowhere else, mainly during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The main thesis of this two part video series is that, by the seventeenth century, only Europe maintained the intellectual curiosity about the world, which was necessary to trigger the scientific revolution.
We’ll compare Europe to the Muslim world. To exemplify the differences between these two cultures, we’ll show in the first Part how differently they reacted to the invention of the telescope beginning of the seventeenth century.
These differences were striking, and in the second Part we’ll try to identify the reasons for them. There are political implications of these differences between these two cultures, and we’ll point them out, too.
Huff, T. E. (2011). Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution. A Global Perspective. Third Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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