GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Who invented what? When?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/us/politics/04obama.text.html

Text: Obama’s Speech in Cairo
Published: June 4, 2009

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The following is a text of President Obama’s prepared remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009, as released by the White House.

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As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

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Here’s where I went nuts!

I’m an injineer. Technology is my “thing”. Mistakes around that just send me up the wall.

>It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It

Sorry, but wasn’t that the Irish monks that preserved knowledge for the Renaissance?

> developed the order of algebra

Other than the concept of zero, I’m unaware of this. Wasn’t it the Greeks and later the English that developed algebra?

>our magnetic compass and tools of navigation

Chinese and later the English Navy?

>our mastery of pens and printing

Gutenberg?

>our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed

Hippocrates, and / or Ignaz Semmelweis?

>majestic arches and soaring spires

Wasn’t the arch a Roman invention; spires in the Far East?

>demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

Wow, that’s a corker. Didn’t, don’t they, they kill Jews and “unbeleivers”?

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Sorry I thought this was outrageous!

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