Saturday, February 24, 2007
Sophistication in early Islamic designs
Researchers in the United States have found that muslim artists were 500 years ahead of their western counterparts.
The discovery is published in the journal Science.
The researchers believe that muslims used tessellating, a technique that was developed around the start of the thirteenth century. By the fifteenth century, it was sophisticated enough to make complex patterns now described as quasi-periodic.
These patterns were 'discovered' in 1973 by the British mathematical physicist Roger Penrose. In 1984, they were found in metal alloys called quasi-crystals that seemed to break the geometric rules of atomic packing.
This show that the early muslims had the capacity for ideas, on which they worked hard and had produced amazing results such as the pyramids, the islamic art and a culture of learning.
Today, the muslims are in disarray and their capacity to produce astounding world-class inventions have also diminished.