Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the Science and Technology of the Islamic Golden Age with another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series of Ancient Discoveries - Machines of the East.

This installment of Ancient Discoveries exams the remarkable inventions of Arabic engineers such as Al-Jazari amongst others.


The Elephant Clock was one of the most famous inventions of Al-Jazari

Al-Jazari lived in what is now modern Iraq and Turkey in the 13th century. He was a polymath: a scholar, inventor, mechanical engineer, craftsman, artist,mathematician and astronomer from Al-Jazira, Mesopotamia, who worked in service of the Artuqid dynasty in Diyarbakır, Asia Minor.

Al-Jazari's hydropowered saqiya chain pump device


Al-Jazari is best known for writing the Kitáb fíma'rifat al-hiyal al-handasiyya (Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices) in 1206, where he described fifty mechanical devices along with instructions on how to construct them. His designs include automated water-lifting mechanisms, water-based clocks, and a variety of geared mechanisms. 
 
Ancient Discoveries - Machines of the East is one documentary you will want to add to your collection and is available on DVD from the History Channel online store.


Ancient Discoveries - Machines of the East

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