To the Best of Our Knowledge Presents: Death (A Five-Part Series)
Islamic culture was once the center of the scientific world. Today the Islamic world lags far behind the West in science and technology. What happened?
Taner Edis says the state of science is dismal in the Muslim world today.
Ziauddin Sardar, a London based scholar and cultural critic, tells Steve what’s needed now is “an Islamic science” and explains what that is.
Nidhal Guessoum, an Algerian born astrophysicist agrees that contemporary science in the Arab word is abysmal, but he looks back with great pride at the Golden Age of Islam.
Anousheh Ansari became the first Muslim woman to venture into space when she traveled aboard the International Space Station.
After all the debates about the Muslim world, it’s refreshing to look back at one of the world’s great mystics - the Sufi poet Rumi.
Are you a sucker for a sad song? “Greensleeves.” “Yesterday” by the Beatles. For some reason, we love a melancholy tune. But why?
The saddest music of all to many people is Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”
According to psychologist Meagan Curtis, the inherent sadness of the minor third is what we hear in music.
There are sad songs in rock, and sad songs in jazz, but the resting place for the saddest songs is clearly in country music.
No matter what genre you’re writing for, adding a cello can increase the melancholy.