THE MAN WHO UNLOCKED THE UNIVERSE
The documentary tells the story of one of the greatest scientists, astronomer, mathematician, the last thinker of Eastern Renaissance Mirzo Ulugh Beg. He was the grandson of the conqueror Tamerlan, the ruler of Timurid Empire.
Two hundred years before Galileo Galilei, in pre-telescope times, Mirzo Ulugh Beg created the most precise star catalog in the world! He also built the biggest observatory at that time in the capital of his empire Samarkand. His achievements far exceeded the world he lived in, he is a true prodigy.
Mirzo Ulugh Beg was born in the epoche of religious rebellions and instability, and he dedicated his life to science! The award he got in return was the brutal execution ordered by his older son!
38 years in power, 38 years on the throne, and 30 of those years were dedicated to science, to study and to observations in his observatory.
In his 40 years of rule, Mirzo Ulugh Beg saw many things: toasts to victory and the bitter lessons of fate. This thinker who uncovered the secrets of far-off stars suffered the betrayal and greed of his close ones. Ulugh Beg bore the candle of enlightenment, but ignorance was trying to extinguish it.
"I place my work in your worthy hands"
Muse of all astronomers
Ulugh Beg was the first person since Hipparchus to draw up a star catalogue based solely on what was visible to the naked eye. He also determined the length of a tropical year, with amazing precision.
He determined and described the position of 1018 stars.