Texas Tech University

Scientific Revolution in Comparative Perspective: Europe, Islam and China

Dr. Toby Huff

Chancellor Professor Emeritus, Department of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Toby E. Huff (B.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., New School for Social Research) was born in Portland, Maine, and has been living in the Boston area since 1960. His interest in big questions in the philosophy and history of science led to a life long interest in the problems of Arabic-Islamic science and the question of why modern science developed only in the West. These interests resulted in two major studies, The Rise of early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West (1993), and Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution (2010). The former book was chosen as the Alternative Selection of the Library of Science Book-of-the-Month Club in 1994. While doing research on Islam, science and development, Huff lived in Malaysia and also visited Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Syria.

Dr. Huff's lecture was held in the International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, June 13, 2013. This event was cosponsored by the TTU K-12 Global Education Outreach and supported by a grant from the Center for Global Understanding.

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