'Sultans of Science' back in the US
Dubai, June 7, 2011
'Islamic Science Rediscovered,' the global traveling exhibition created by Dubai and Cape Town-based, MTE Studios, is back in the US owing to popular demand- but in a new style.
The expo, also known as ‘Sultans of Science,’ will be held at the world renowned The Tech Museum in San Francisco from September 3 until February next year.
The highly interactive exhibition returns after its successful premiere at Liberty Science Centre in New Jersey. The exhibition was also hosted by Ontario Science Centre and The TELUS World of Science in Canada.
The exhibition looks at the social, scientific and technical achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, whilst celebrating the shared scientific heritage of other cultures demonstrating how modern inventions can trace their roots back to Muslim civilisation, said a statement from MTE Studios.
The discoveries from the golden age of Islam will fascinate visitors at the Science Centre as they see numerous inventions brought to life through a diverse range of over 40 interactive, sensory and static exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting-edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age, it added.
MTE Studios CEO Ludo Verheyen said each dedicated cluster will educate and entertain visitors of all ages and expects to attract even bigger audiences at Tech Museum.
'MTE Studios is honored to be working with such an accomplished and esteemed venue and looks forward to the opening at The Tech Museum which is perfectly located to maximize visitor numbers to the exhibition,' he noted.
There has been an overwhelming response from the multi-cultural community in San Jose to host ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ at The Tech Museum, Verheyen added.
The exhibition is expected to attract large audiences at the hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action.
In today’s rapidly changing world, museums help societies in sustaining the well-being of society, providing education, promoting dialogue and understanding across cultures.
'This dynamic exhibition challenges the way we examine history and encourages the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge in a global society,' said Mike Hackworth, lead director, The Tech Museum.
“Many of our visitors will be surprised to learn that from these ancient desert cities came the theory of vision, techniques of quantitative chemistry and trigonometry and the numeral systems that we use today,” he remarked.
Verheyen said the exhibition drew record crowds at previous venues allowing visitors to discover and understand how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas from Spain to China.
'We are delighted to take it a step further by taking it to various parts of the world. We have had tremendous interest from museums and science centres across the globe and we envision the exhibition travelling all around the world,' he added.
The global touring exhibition celebrates the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Muslim World (700 – 1700 CE), and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on the modern society.
Researched and developed by MTE Studios, the exhibition covers main fields of Muslim achievements, from mathematics to navigation, astronomy, medicine, instrument making, fine utilitarian technology, engineering, optics, architecture and flight.
MTE Studios unique exhibition has been to five venues in three countries. It was showcased at the MTN Science centre in Cape Town - South Africa as a soft launch and then travelled to the US and Canadian venues.-TradeArabia News Service