Jul 21, 2011

The Elephant Clock


Assalamualaikum,

Have you ever seen the picture above?
Yes...it's an elephant, below of it. But, what's at the top?
Well....as stated on the title, it's a clock.
The Elephant Clock, that was it name

On previous post, which was about The Middle Age, there was a video about a montage at an exhibition held at London's Science Museum on 21st of January 2010. In the video there are a number of Muslim Scholars showing their invention and one of them was Al-Jazari.

These Giant Elephant Clock was one of the most outstanding invention created by Al-Jazari. Al-Jazari is one of our Muslim Scholars....remember that. That is our pride as a muslim. To know more about Al-Jazari, you can read for yourself here:
Wikipedia
Al-Jazari and the history of water-clock

The video below describe about the Elephant Clock invent by Al-Jazari and how it works. From what i know, it uses water-buoyancy theory and combine with others idea. The various elements of the clock are in the housing on top of the elephant. They were designed to move and make a sound each half hour.

Do have fun enjoying it....

video

In addition to its mechanical innovations, the clock itself is seen as an early example of multiculturalism represented in technology. The elephant represents the Indian and African cultures, the dragon represents Chinese culture, the phoenix represents ancient Egyptian culture, the water work represents ancient Greek culture, and the turban represents Islamic cultures.

To those who are really really wanted to see this huge magnifient ancient Islamic invention, you still have a chance. A modern full-size working reproduction can be found as a centrepiece in the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Another working reproduction can be seen outside the Musée d'Horlogerie du Locle, Château des Monts, in Le Locle, Switzerland, and one at the Institute for the History of Arab-Islamic Science in Frankfurt, Germany.

Elephant clock centrepiece in the
Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Last but not least, please share this with others. It's knowledge....and most important thing is it's an invention from our own muslim scholars. So, it's our pride. Don't let our fellow brother don't know about this Islamic invention.

Thanks for reading, salam~

1 comment:

  1. muslim scholars dulu much more creative than we are now. benda mcm ni punya susah tapi they can invent it. 'susah' dalam konteks dulu dulu yg teknologi tak kehadapan sgt. kan? hebat woah!

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