The Book of Secrets is a manuscript dating back to the year 1000. It is a priceless manuscript, as it includes descriptions and drawings of more than thirty ingenious devices including mechanical apparatuses, water clocks, automatic calendars and war machines. It was copied in 1266 (in Toledo) from an original dating back to the eleventh century by the Andalusian engineer Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi. It is an extraordinarily important manuscript in the field of the history of science, because it represents one of the earliest written and drawn testimonies about complex ancient machines and has never before been studied or divulged.
The auspices of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, has allowed the funding of an entire research group that, after months of work, has given exceptional results. The complexity of the manuscript had prevented many experts from interpreting it. Thanks to the competence and the technology of the Italian research center Leonardo3, th