This interactive session introduces students to the extraordinary advances made in science and mathematics during the so-called ‘golden age’ of medieval Islam when science was interwoven with religious practice.
Students will encounter beautiful objects from the Museum’s renowned collection of early scientific instruments from the Islamic world, including:
the qibla indicator.
You will discover how Muslim scientists used science in the service of religion as well as for practical purposes like time-telling and navigation.
The session includes breakout activities.
"The session was fantastic and the students enjoyed the session throughout the time available. The headteacher ... was impressed."
number systems have evolved to support calculation
changes in society have led to the invention of novel calculating devices from the abacus to mechanical calculating machines.
We introduce Charles Babbage who, inspired by the Industrial Revolution, invented the first large-scale calculating machines and collaborated with the mathematician Ada Lovelace in designing the first large-scale mechanical computer.
Students will get involved in breakout activities and discover more about objects from the Museum’s collection.
This participative, online workshop will enable students to explore the scientific background and inspiration behind Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.
Setting the novel in the context of science and the Enlightenment, we will investigate how Shelley harnesses Frankenstein's fascination with old forms of knowledge, like the occult, along with new discoveries in scientific fields such as chemistry and electricity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Students will discover more about objects and images from the Museum's collection.