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Calderon, Philippe

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Most widely held works by Philippe Calderon
Besieged fortress( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using cutting-edge technology and close-up cinematography, gain an up-close look at a colony of termites as it tries to survive an invading army of ants and a flood that has devastating effects
Embrasser tous les savoirs. Embracing all knowledge( Visual )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Picking up mathematics and astronomy from where the ancient Greeks left off, Arab scholars paved the way for the Copernican revolution and the rebirth of science in Europe. This program reveals the development in the Islamic Empire of the Indo-Arabic decimal system, algebra, algorithms and the refinement of the science of optics and the Ptolemaic model of the solar system. The application of astronomy to sacred ends, such as accurately fixing the time for prayers, the direction of Mecca, and the start of Ramadan, is also considered
The Andalusian epic Islamic Spain( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program addresses the expansion of the Arab empire into Spain, where Muslims ruled with tolerance for more than seven centuries. The introduction and consolidation of Islamic power in Spain, the creation of the Umayyad emirate by the sole survivor of the Umayyad dynasty, the rise of Cordoba as a cultural rival of Abbasid Baghdad, and the gradual ebb of Arab rule on the Iberian Peninsula are all discussed. Special attention is given to the prosperous reign of Abdel Rahman III and the flowering of a Muslim culture that respectfully welcomed the contributions of Christians and Jews alike
Once upon a time Baghdad during the Abbasid dynasty( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program presents the Abbasid Caliphate at its peak, enthroned in its prestigious capital city: Baghdad. The translation by an army of clerks of all the ancient writings his emissaries could procure, is spotlighted as an achievement that set the stage for an eventual showdown between religious and secular scholars. -- from distributor's website
Washoe the monkey who communicates through sign language( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using film footage from 1965 on, this documentary traces the life and unique accomplishments of Washoe, the first chimpanzee to communicate with humans and other monkeys in American sign language. Shows Washoe as she was raised like a child by two psychologists, Allen and Beatrix Gardner, who were studying the influence of human interaction on simians
The brain machine( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of research into artificial intelligence from the 1960's onward, from the performance of calculations to the simulation of complex reasoning processes
Croire, imaginer, penser. Believe, imagine, dream( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encompassing fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, and anecdotes, "The thousand and one nights" is a composite of popular oral stories that developed over several centuries, mainly during the Empire of the Caliphate. This program scrutinizes the wonderfully audacious tale of Scheherezade and what it tells the attentive reader about the dreams of Arab men and women during the empire's golden age. Recurring themes such as hunger for adventure and a desire to be free from tradition are explored, as well as a conception of power that glorifies self-control and disparages violence
The Arabs make their entrance Islam and empire( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program charts the rise of the Arab empire from its roots in the long-standing rivalry between the Byzantines and the Sassanids. Nodes along that timeline include the dual role of Mecca as a place of worship and as a center for trade, the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, the rapid expansion of Arabia at the expense of Byzantium and the Sassanid kingdom, and the internecine struggle between Arab factions that led to the founding of the Umayyad dynasty. -- from distributor's website
A la rencontre de l'autre Encountering others ; they surveyed the world( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 10th century, people routinely journeyed from one end of the huge Arab empire to the other--and even into non-Islamic lands far to the north and the east. Who were these travelers, and what did they seek? This program captures what it was like to be a pilgrim in a caravan bound for Mecca, an official carrying out the Caliph's orders, a scholar seeking knowledge, a merchant in search of new markets, and an explorer charting the seas. Some of the era's most memorable personalities--the mathematician al-Khuwarizmi, the chronicler Abul Hasan Ali al-Masʼudi, the cartographer Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Hawqal--are profiled"--Publisher's website
Everything under the sun astronomy, mathematics, and Islam by Mahmoud Hussein( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Picking up mathematics and astronomy from where the ancient Greeks left off, Arab scholars paved the way for the Copernican revolution and the rebirth of science in Europe. This program reveals the Empire of the Caliphate's role in developing the Indo-Arabic decimal system, algebra, and algorithms and in refining the science of optics and the Ptolemaic model of the solar system. The application of astronomy to sacred ends, such as accurately fixing the time for prayers, the direction of Mecca, and the start of Ramadan, is also considered"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Le public et le privé. Public and private life( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the first towns the Arabs founded during the expansion of Arabia were only vast campsites, it was not long before their temporary dwellings gave way to the magnificent signature architecture of Arabian culture. What was it like to live in the Arab cities of the Abbasid dynasty, grand oases of refinement and innovation? This program describes key centers of the Muslim town, including the mosque and the souk, and the roles of the prince, the doctors of the law, and the leaders of the various social groups in keeping order within the community
They surveyed the world Les arpenteurs du monde( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 10th century, people routinely journeyed from one end of the huge Arab empire to the other--and even into non-Islamic lands far into the north and east. Who were these travelers, what did they seek? This program captures what it was like to be a pilgrim in a caravan bound for Mecca, an official carrying out the Caliph's orders, a scholar seeking knowledge, a merchant in search of new markets, and an explorer charting the seas. Some of the era's most memorable personalities--mathematician al-Khuwarizmi, the chronicler Abul Hasan Ali al Mas'udi, the cartographer al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Hawqal--are profiled"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Un empire surgi des sables. An empire rises from the sands( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The victory of the Abbasids over the Umayyads signified much more than the replacement of one dynasty with another. With it, Islam saw the birth of a multiethnic concept of power, in which both Arab and non-Arab Muslims could share authority. This program presents the Abbasid Caliphate at its peak, enthroned in its prestigious capital city: Baghdad. The defining project of Caliph al-Ma'amun, the translation by an army of clerks of all the ancient writings his emissaries could procure, is spotlighted-an achievement that set the stage for an eventual showdown between religious and secular scholars."
A la rencontre de l'autre. Encountering others( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This program addresses the expansion of the Arab empire into Spain, where Muslims ruled with tolerance for more than seven centuries. The introduction and consolidation of Islamic power in Spain, the creation of the Umayyad emirate by the sole survivor of the Umayyad dynasty, the rise of Cordoba as a cultural rival of Abbasid Baghdad, and the gradual ebb of Arab rule on the Iberian Peninsula are all discussed. Special attention is given to the prosperous reign of Abdel Rahman III and the flowering of a Muslim culture that respectfully welcomed the contributions of Christians and Jews alike"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
The thousand and one nights Les mille et une nuits( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Encompassing fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, and anecdotes, "The thousand and one nights" is a composite of popular oral stories that develops over several centuries, mainly during the Empire of the Caliphate. This program scrutinizes the wonderfully audacious tale of Scheherezade and what it tells the attentive reader about the dreams of Arab men and women during the empire's golden age. Recurring themes such as hunger for adventure and a desire to be free from tradition are explored, as well as a conception of power that glorifies self-control and disparages violence"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
An Art of living Arab aesthetics in 9th-century Spain( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As life among the aristocracy in Damascus and Baghdad attained its zenith of refinement, another important cultural center was developing in Islamic Cordoba. This program focuses on the remarkable cultural contributions of Ziryab, a talented young musician who fled the East for Andalusia and became the era's preeminent arbiter of style and taste. After creating a popular new form of music and perfecting the lute and other instruments, he went on to radically reshape Arab high society, inventing new fashions and hairstyles, introducing fine dining, and creating a thriving market for all manner of luxury goods"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Un empire surgi des sables. An empire rises from the sands( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the shadow of the Dark Ages fell across Europe, the scene for the advancement of Western civilization shifted to the Near East. This program charts the rise of the Arab empire from its roots in the long-standing rivalry between the Byzantines and the Sassanids. Nodes along that timeline include the dual role of Mecca as a place of worship and as a center for trade, the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, the rapid expansion of Arabia at the expense of Byzantium and the Sassanid kingdom, and the internecine struggle between Arab factions that led to the founding of the Umayyad dynasty"--Cassette cover
Ulema and philosophers Les Ulemas et les philosophes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By replacing paganism with monotheism and tribal life with empire-building, the Arabs of the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties effected a complete paradigm shift in their worldview. This program studies the codification of Islamic law and assimilation of non-Arab texts--and the ensuing competition between the ulema, or doctors of the law, and the philosophers, who saw reason as an equal to divine enlightenment. The contributions of key figures, including the Caliph al-Maʻamun, Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi, Abu al-Nasr al-Farabi, Avicenna, Muhammad ibn Tufayl, and Averroes, are also examined"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
The Secrets of the human body Islam's contributions to medicine( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Multiple languages and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program investigates the practice of medicine during the Abbasid Caliphate, offering profiles of Jurjis ibn Jibrail, personal doctor to Caliph al-Mansur; Yuhanna ibn Masawayh, head of Caliph al-Ma'amun's House of Wisdom; Rhazes, whose Kitab al-hawi outlines an exemplary clinical approach; Avicenna, universally known for his Canon of Medicine; and Abul Qasim al-Zahrawi, the father of modern surgery. The Islamic concern with the relationship between the body and the soul is also discussed, as is the founding of hospitals, one of the great achievements of Islamic society. -- from distributor's website
The adventures of White Tuft( Visual )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and French and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the tradition of Milo and Otis and The Incredible Journey. Experience the beauty and spirit of the Canadian Great North in this enchanting and visually stunning wildlife adventure. Starring real animals, this live action feature revolves around the mischievous and carefree young beaver named White Tuft, his family, including Mother Beaver and Little Sister, and his friends Lil Lynx and Bear Cub. One fateful day, the dam in which White Tuft lives collapses. Dragged away by the rivers strong current, White Tuft ends up lost, far from his home and family. Alone and inexperienced, he discovers a hostile forest and finds himself at the mercy of frightening enemies. Terrified and hungry, he attempts to make friends with an old and grumpy lone beaver, with whom he will brave every danger. Will our two heroes manage to get back home? With a combination of lovable characters, a moving story and spectacular landscapes, this is a tale that will captivate the whole family." -- Container
 
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