Topic, "The Forgotten Scientists: Islam and the Rise of Modern Science"

Hi. This month we will have a fascinating discussion at our Cafe Sci at 7PM on Wednesday 4 May, at Taste, in College Park.

More than four centuries have passed since the beginning of the "Scientific Revolution", and names like Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton have rooted themselves into history as the fathers of contemporary science. Although their contributions to our understanding of the universe are undeniable, it was a group of Islamic scientists nearly 500 years prior that set the stage for a reexamination of the physical world.

Derek Demeter, director of the Seminole State College Planetarium, presents a history of science that showcases the progressive and dynamic nature of these Islamic scholars and the ideas they espoused: heliocentrism, optics, and natural selection to name but a few. Although they may today be "the forgotten scientists", it is their research that serves as the foundation for our understanding of science today.


717 W. Smith Street
Orlando, United States

Taste is near the corner of Princeton Street (really Smith Street after the fork) and Edgewater Drive, so about 2 minutes from I-4 to parking. One can park on the street or in the parking lot behind Taste.

From I-4, drive a few blocks to Edgewater Drive. At the intersection, you should see a orange building ahead of you, labeled "Taste". Park on the street or behind Taste.