IN PICTURES: Arab physicist Ibn al-Haytham’s works to come alive in Manchester

The event – to be held between October 23 and 27 – will take children on a journey to ancient times through the eyes of Ibn al-Haytham. (Supplied)

The celebrated 11th century physicist and mathematic genius, Alhasan Ibn al-Haytham, known in the West by his Latinized first name as Alhazen, would come alive at a family event in the United Kingdom later this month.

“1001 Inventions will be organizing Ibn al-Haytham: Mysteries of How We See family event at the iconic Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Science Festival. The event – to be held between October 23 and 27 – will take children on a journey to ancient times through the eyes of Ibn al-Haytham, the pioneer from Arabia.

The 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham global educational initiative was launched in partnership with UNESCO in 2015. (Supplied)

The 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham global educational initiative was launched in partnership with UNESCO in 2015. (Supplied)

It promises to be fun as well as educational experience for young students and adults alike and the event offers family audiences of all ages an interactive and engaging experience.

1001 Inventions is an award-winning Britain-based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization.

Conceptualized as “learn while you have fun”, visitors will be introduced to the principles of light and vision through a spectrum of exciting activities; walking into a giant turban-shaped camera obscura, watching demonstrations of live optical illusions, learning how 3D glasses work with the opportunity to make their own pair, and much more.

Ibn al-Haytham campaign continues to reach out to the public through the National Geographic children’s book. (Supplied)

Ibn al-Haytham campaign continues to reach out to the public through the National Geographic children’s book. (Supplied)

Children will understand the secrets of optics, knowing why and how light travels in straight lines, and with new knowledge on the contributions of ancient civilizations to our understanding of vision.

Speaking to Al Arabiya English, Hanan Dowidar, head of Strategic Partnerships, 1001 Inventions, said: “The educational initiative 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham celebrates the legacy of Ibn al-Haytham.

At the festival, children learn the secrets of optics, knowing why and how light travels in straight lines. (Supplied)

At the festival, children learn the secrets of optics, knowing why and how light travels in straight lines. (Supplied)

Born around a 1,000 years ago in present day Iraq, al-Haytham was a pioneering scientific thinker who made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light.

Ibn al-Haytham methodology of investigation, in particular using experiment to verify theory, shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method.

The global initiative, created by award-winning producer Ahmed Salim, co-founder of 1001 Inventions, engaged more than 25 million people around the world. (Supplied)

The global initiative, created by award-winning producer Ahmed Salim, co-founder of 1001 Inventions, engaged more than 25 million people around the world. (Supplied)

Global educational initiative

The 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham global educational initiative was launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 in celebration of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light (IYL2015).

The global initiative, created by award-winning producer Ahmed Salim, co-founder of 1001 Inventions, engaged more than 25 million people around the world.

Ibn al-Haytham events were organized at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London, the Jordan Museum, the Berlin Science Week, Oswa Festival in Jeddah and in many other cities around the world.

Born around a 1,000 years ago in present day Iraq, al-Haytham was a pioneering scientific thinker who made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. (Supplied)

Born around a 1,000 years ago in present day Iraq, al-Haytham was a pioneering scientific thinker who made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. (Supplied)

In addition to further planned global events and festivals around the world, the Ibn al-Haytham campaign continues to reach out to the public through the National Geographic Children’s Book on Ibn al-Haytham, the short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif and produced and directed by Ahmed Salim, the music album, based on the film by international acclaimed international musician Sami Yusuf and educator resources.

When asked what message is intended to be conveyed to the people, Hanan said: “At the heart of 1001 inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham educational initiative is a positive message about diversity, aimed to unite and inspire audiences and lead to a thriving future for all.”

Ibn al-Haytham event has also been at the China Science Festival in Beijing. (Supplied)

Ibn al-Haytham event has also been at the China Science Festival in Beijing. (Supplied)

New initiatives

Talking about the next Muslim personality that they would be highlighting, Hanan said: “We recently launched two new initiatives: Al-Jahiz and the Book of Animals and the 1001 Inventions and Cures from the East. 1001 Inventions will bring stories of many other pioneers to life in 2019 and beyond.

The event will be held at Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Science Festival. (Supplied)

The event will be held at Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Science Festival. (Supplied)

According to him, the Ibn al-Haytham educational initiative aims to spark young people interest to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pursue careers in science while encouraging inquisitiveness and curiosity in the world. Its basic aim is to raise awareness of light, optics and vision through Ibn al-Haytham’s discoveries.

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