Chinese, Hindu, and Muslim civilizations produced great scientists but the Scientific Revolution owes to Europe. Why? Share this:FacebookTwitterGooglePinterestLinkedInEmailTumblrPrint 6 Responses nadir April 13, 2014 | Reply V.gud i like it… Shakila Maan April 14, 2014 | Reply Amazing! We need more thinkers like Pervez Hoodbhoy! Shakila Maan April 14, 2014 | Reply Furthermore, I wonder if colonisation, empire etc also had a major part to play in this – we know for example that in ancient India, surgeon had invented plastic surgery to counter the cutting off of the nose etc. Perhaps you could explore this aspect of this sudden progress in industrial and scientific thinking in Europe? zulfiqar rajpar November 5, 2014 | Reply because there was religous surendered against intellectual thooughts. Dipak Dholakia March 14, 2015 | Reply This is a great website dedicated to Science, rationality, equality of human beings and social transformation. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is so persuasive in his argument ! One thing, why Scientific revolution was brought about by Europe, it seems to me, is continuity and consistency. Hindu and Muslim societies – if not Hinduism and Islam – discouraged individual’s freedom to think. That blocked our science. Samir Qaisar March 21, 2015 | Reply I don’t know about the Arab, Chinese, or Hindu civilizations, but here is what Carl Sagan had to say as to why the renaissance flourished in 16th to 19th century Europe rather than the ancient Greek civilization: “Ordinary people were to be kept ignorant,” Sagan says of the Pythagoreans’ work. “Instead of wanting everyone to share and know of their discoveries, they suppressed the square root of two and the dodecahedron.” And Plato loved the elitism and secrecy, equally, as he argues. Plato was hostile to the real world, experiments, practicality, etc. Leave a Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name * Email (will not be published) * Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.