14 February 2007

Star Names

Apparently 2/3rds of star names are Arabic in origin. The Islamic world had a scientific revolution; in other words, it didn't lack one. Thus the issue isn't why no scientific revolution happened in Islam, but the question is what happened to it?

3 comments:

VM said...

Interesting!

Thanks!

Grotius said...

Well, a good bulk of the constellation names come from the Greeks and a goodly portion of the elements were named by British, French, American and German physicists, so we can see how scientific dominance translates into naming things in science. Indeed, I'm sure that in a hundred years that Chinese and Indians will have their own areas of naming dominance.

VM said...

This is interesting to me, as I've watched the drug-naming process unfold.

Cool stuff!