How does Freely's depiction of science in the Islamic world compare with Lloyd's depiction of the same in China?
Freely’s depiction of science in the Islamic World had significant similarities with the ideas championed by Lloyd's view of science in China. Richard Lloyd was a historian of Ancient Science and scholar at Needham Research Institute in Cambridge, England. John Freely was an American physicist, author, and teacher. Despite having diverse origins from early ages, the two developed the desire for scientific studies, which they believed would ultimately give solutions to some challenges.
The Islamic world encouraged individuals interested in science to venture to their ability, and rulers took the initiative to finance the science learners. In contrast, China had introduced limitations in studying sciences during the period; despite the opposition, Lloyd did his best. The two scholars based their study on astronomy, which helped make the weather observations, measure distance and determine Mecca's direction to ensure the annual Muslim prayers were effectively done (Laï & Angelikē, 2001). The determination by then two scientists resulted in the current advancement in scientific inventions.
Laïu-Thōmadakē, Angelikē E. The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim world. Dumbarton Oaks, 2001.
Freely’s depiction of science in the Islamic World had significant similarities with the ideas championed by Lloyd's view of science in China.