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Freely, John

Overview
Works: 132 works in 662 publications in 8 languages and 22,477 library holdings
Genres: History  Guidebooks  Biography  Maps  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogues raisonnés 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, Other
Classifications: Q127.G7, 509
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Most widely held works by John Freely
Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world by John Freely( Book )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aladdin's Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their ideas throughout the Islamic world from Central Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, most notably Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroes, adding their own interpretations to the philosophy and science they had inherited. Freely goes on to show how, beginning in the twelfth century, these texts by Islamic scholars were then translated from Arabic into Latin, sparking the emergence of modern science at the dawn of the Renaissance, which climaxed in the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century." "Here is early science in all its glory, from Pythagorean "celestial harmony" to the sun-centered planetary theory of Copernicus, who, in 1543, aided by the mathematical methods of medieval Arabic astronomers, revived a concept proposed by the Greek astronomer Aristarchus some eighteen centuries before. When Newton laid the foundations of modern science, building on the work of Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, and others, he said that he was "standing on the sholders [sic] of Giants," referring to his predecessors in ancient Greece and in the Arabic and Latin worlds from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance." "Caliph Harun al-Rashid was one of the Muslim rulers who first promoted translating Greek texts into Arabic. His Baghdad is the setting for The Thousand and One Nights, in which Scheherazades's "Tale of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp" reflects the marvels of the new science and the amazing inventions it was said to produce. John Freely's Aladdin's Lamp returns us to that time and brings to light an essential and long-overlooked chapter in the history of science."--Jacket
Before Galileo : the birth of modern science in medieval Europe by John Freely( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and German and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This history of science in the Dark Ages documents the achievements of lesser-known European scholars, including the monk Saint Bede, who effectively paved the way for the discoveries of such luminaries as Galileo and Newton. Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which ignited the Scientific Revolution and led to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. Virtually nothing is said about the European scholars who came before. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the discoveries for which Galileo, Newton, and others are often credited. In this book the author examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote. One of the earliest of them, Saint Bede, writing a thousand years before Galileo, was so renowned that two centuries after his death a Swiss monk wrote that "in the sixth day of the world [God] has made Bede rise from the West as a new Sun to illuminate the whole Earth." Another, an early Oxford scholar named Robert Grossteste, developed the foundational principles of the scientific method that would bring Galileo Galilei worldwide fame several centuries later. This book fills a gap in the history of science, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context
Istanbul : the imperial city by John Freely( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Istanbul: The Imperial City tells the story of the city from its foundation until the present with the emphasis throughout on its colourful and tempestuous daily life. A comprehensive gazetteer describes all the monuments mentioned in the text, so that this is a guide to the city as well as an evocation of its illustrious past as Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, which unfolds as one walks the ancient streets in view of the garland of waters that still entwine it
Byzantine monuments of Istanbul by John Freely( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Turkish and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire from 330 until 1453 and was renowned for the beauty and grandeur of its churches and palaces. The extant Byzantine monuments of Istanbul include more than 20 churches, most notably Haghia Sophia, as well as the remains of the land and sea walls, the Hippodrome, imperial palaces, commemorative columns, reservoirs and cisterns, an aqueduct, a triumphal archway and a fortified port. They are described here in chronological order and in the context of their times, through the political, religious, social, economic, intellectual and artistic developments in the dynasties that came to power during the turbulent Byzantine age. A major part of the architectural and artistic heritage of Byzantium, these monuments also serve as a link between the world of classical antiquity and the new epochs of early modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire."
The Grand Turk : Sultan Mehmet II, Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire by John Freely( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the Turkish conqueror offers insight into the factors and characteristics that enabled his capture of Constantinople; his thirty-year reign; and his confrontations in the face of papal crusades
Classical Turkey by John Freely( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Dutch and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architectuur reisgids voor de klassieke monumenten langs de west- en zuidkust van Turkije
Light from the east : how the science of medieval Islam helped to shape the western world by John Freely( Book )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of how the science of medieval Islam preserved and enhanced the knowledge acquired from Greece, Mesopotamia, India, and China during Europe's Dark Ages, and how that knowledge later influenced Western thinkers and contributed to the Renaissance
The flame of Miletus : the birth of science in ancient Greece (and how it changed the world) by John Freely( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miletus - one of the wealthiest and most important towns in ancient Greece - spawned the great traditions of Greek science and philosophy, setting in motion a chain of knowledge that would change the world forever. This book explains the extraordinary development of Greek science and its subsequent diffusion to the wider world
Strolling through Istanbul : the classic guide to the city by Hilary Sumner-Boyd( Book )

54 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic guidt to Istanbul is here, for the first time, since its original publication thirty-seven years ago. Completely revised and updated edition, it takes the reader on foot through the city where the authors describe the historic monuments and sites on what was Constantinople, in the context of the great living city
Inside the Seraglio : private lives of the sultans in Istanbul by John Freely( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sinan : architect of Süleyman the Magnificent and the Ottoman golden age by John Freely( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The greatest architect of the Ottoman Golden Age of the 16th century, Sinan designed hundreds of buildings under Suleyman the Magnificant and Selim II. This volume pays visual tribute to his buildings, including the greatest of Turkish mosques, the Suleymaniye and the Selimiye, complemented by texts which offer new interpretations of Sinan's art
Istanbul by John Freely( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huge, busy, full of atmosphere, and with a tremendously rich architectural heritage, Istanbul is one of the world's most beautiful cities. The Blue Guide to this fascinating city, which straddles Europe and the Orient and whose history goes back to the days of ancient Greece, offers superb coverage of all the major monuments --Classical, Christian, and Islamic-- with details on what to eat and where to stay. Color photographs, plans, and maps throughout
The companion guide to Turkey by John Freely( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and German and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boston and Cambridge by John Freely( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cyclades : discovering the Greek islands of the Aegean by John Freely( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cyclades are the quintessential Greek isles, renowned for the beauty of their seascapes, their historical monuments and a unique way of life deeply rooted in the remote past of the Aegean. Over the course of more than 7,000 years the Cyclades have seen a succession of civilizations, the earliest of them perpetuated in legends such as that of Atlantis, which has been identified with volcanic Santorini. The islands are arrayed around their sacred centre on Delos, where Leto was said to have given birth to the divine twins Apollo and Artemis, children of Zeus. Dionysos was born on olive-embowered Naxos, where he fell in love with Ariadne, and myths relate that Poseidon was the protector of Tinos, whose mid-summer festival of the Virgin is celebrated with the folk-dances and songs for which the Cyclades are famous. In this comprehensive guide to the Cyclades, John Freely describes the immemorial past and timeless present of these enchanting islands, which still await discovery
The western shores of Turkey by John Freely( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The western coast of Turkey has captivated travellers for centuries. With its dramatic mountains and idyllic bays, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. This book is a distillation of the journeys that the author has made through the region over a period of 25 years
Children of Achilles : the Greeks in Asia Minor since the days of Troy by John Freely( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the days of Troy historic lands of Asia Minor have been home to Greeks. They are steeped in a rich fusion of Greek and Turkish culture and the histories of both are irrevocably entwined, fatefully connected. "Children of Achilles" tells the epic and ultimately tragic story of the Greek presence in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan War and culminating in 1923 with the devastating population exchange that followed the Turkish War of Independence. The once magnificent, now ruined, cities that cluster along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civiliza
Celestial revolutionary : Copernicus, the man and his universe by John Freely( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of 1500, at the apex of the Renaissance, a papal secretary to the Borgia Pope, Alexander VI, wrote that ""All the world is in Rome."" Though no one knew it at the time, this included a young scholar by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus who would one day change the world. One of the greatest polymaths of his or any age - linguist, lawyer, doctor, diplomat, politician, mathematician, scientist, astronomer, artist, cleric - Copernicus gave the world arguably the most important scientific discovery of the modern era: that earth and the planets revolve around the sun and that the earth r
The Ionian Islands : Corfu, Cephalonia, Ithaka and beyond by John Freely( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rising from the waters between Greece and Italy, the Ionians - peaks of an underwater mountain range - are some of the most culturally, historically and mythologically rich in all Greece. Consisting of Corfu, Paxos, Ithaka, Lefkas, Cephalonia, Zakynthos and Kythera, they have been variously invaded and occupied by the Goths, Arabs, Normans, Venetians, British, Germans and most recently by tourism, yet they have always absorbed and assimilated other cultures whilst still retaining their unique character and identity. The Ionians have been made famous in literature from Homer and Aeschylus to Ger
The companion guide to Istanbul and around the Marmara by John Freely( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Aladdin's lamp : how Greek science came to Europe through the Islamic world
Alternative Names
Freely, John

Freely, John 1926-

John Freely American physicist

John Freely Amerikaans natuurkundige

John Freely físic estatunidenc

John Freely físico estadounidense

John Freely physicien américain

John Freely US-amerikanischer Physiker, Historiker und Hochschullehrer

프리리, 존 1926-

フリ-リ, ジョン 1926-

フリーリ, ジョン

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Istanbul : the imperial cityByzantine monuments of IstanbulThe Grand Turk : Sultan Mehmet II, Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an EmpireLight from the east : how the science of medieval Islam helped to shape the western worldStrolling through Istanbul : the classic guide to the cityInside the Seraglio : private lives of the sultans in IstanbulSinan : architect of Süleyman the Magnificent and the Ottoman golden ageIstanbul