The Ontario Science Centre Presents "Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered"



    Exhibition Explores Scientific Breakthroughs of a Remarkable Era

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Step back in time to the Golden Age of Islamic
Science, when the decimal point revolutionized mathematics, when the
principles of optics were first discovered, and when a man took to the skies
on a feather-clad glider. The Ontario Science Centre is proud to present
"Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered", making its
Canadian debut Feb. 5 and running to May 10, 2009.
    Developed by Cape Town and Dubai-based MTE Studios, this informative and
thought-provoking exhibition shows visitors how a great civilization created
prosperity across large areas of the known world, from Spain to China. This
exhibition highlights important scientific and technological advances made
during the Golden Age of Islamic Science (circa eighth to 18th centuries),
drawing attention to the multi-cultural roots of modern science and
technology.
    "This exhibition introduces us to a fundamental truth about science today
- namely that science has a past," said Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Director,
Visitor Experience.
    "Modern science, from astronomy to medicine to physics and chemistry,
owes an enormous debt to the discoveries of scientists working during the
Golden Age of Islamic Science. The knowledge displayed in this exhibition is
important to everyone in our society."
    "Presenting this exhibition clearly demonstrates the Science Centre is
committed to reflecting the diversity of the community and visitors to the
Centre," says Jehad Aliweiwi, Ontario Science Centre Board member. "This is a
bold and pioneering exhibition that should be welcomed and embraced. Toronto's
diverse communities have a lot to celebrate in an exhibition of this nature."
    This 700 m(2) exhibition features functional large-scale models,
interactive maps, puzzles and videos that take visitors back to an era where
innovation was encouraged and scholarship was highly valued.
    "There is a spirit of invention, innovation and creativity in the Islamic
world which led society in the past and can lead us to an even more prosperous
future. We hope that the exhibition triggers constructive debate on the
importance of building bridges between civilizations, keeping knowledge alive
and ensuring that it is passed on to others," said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE
Studios.

    
    Exhibition sections are built around nine themes:

     -  Flight
     -  Medical inventions
     -  Islamic astronomy
     -  Mathematics, art and architecture
     -  Optical science
     -  Fine technology
     -  Applied hydrology
     -  Great explorers
     -  The House of Wisdom
    

    To complement the Sultans of Science exhibition, the Shoppers Drug
Mart(R) OMNIMAX(R) Theatre will feature the IMAX documentary "Journey to
Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn Battuta". This film retraces the steps of Ibn
Battuta, as he traveled from Tangier to Mecca to perform the Hajj in 1325.
Through the generosity of the Munk Centre for International Studies, free
school group admissions for specific screenings of the film are offered from
February 11 to March 12, 2009.
    For further information, exhibition hours and the complimentary student
screening schedule, visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca or call our box office
at 416-696-1000.
    Admission prices for the Ontario Science Centre, which include Sultans of
Science, are $18 for adults, $13.50 for youth (13-17) & seniors (65+) and $11
for children. A combo including the IMAX film and admission to the Science
Centre is $25 for Adults, $19 for seniors and youth and $15 for children.

    The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world. The Centre is also a leading developer of
interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world. The Ontario
Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre, Office:
(416) 696-3191, Cell: (416) 895-5482, christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca; Ellen
Flowers, Media Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre, Office: (416)
696-3154, Cell: (416) 771-2614, ellen.flowers@osc.on.ca; Anna Relyea,
Associate Director, Strategic Communications, Ontario Science Centre, Office:
(416) 696-3273, Cell: (416) 668-1967, anna.relyea@osc.on.ca


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