7/31/11

Jabir Ibn Hayyan (Geber) - Chemistry - Arabick Roots exhibition | Royal Society

Chemistry - Arabick Roots exhibition | Royal Society: "This legendary polymath (721 - 815) excelled in many fields but it is his achievements in chemistry that made him famous in medieval Europe. The name ‘Geber’ was used by an anonymous European writer in the 13th century as a pen-name for his book on alchemy. Geber believed in experimentation: ‘The first essential in chemistry is that thou shouldest perform practical work and conduct experiments, for he who performs not practical work nor makes experiments will never attain to the least degree of mastery’. For such experiments he is credited with developing many items of chemical laboratory equipment."

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