What is “Avicena”?
The name Avicena (or Avicenna or Ibn Sina) is derived from the name of a Persian thinker of about 1000AD who was one of the leading lights of the Islamic Golden Age. His Canon of Medicine remained a medical authority for centuries. It set the standards for medicine in Medieval Europe and the Islamic world and was used as a standard medical textbook through the 18th century in Europe. In addition to his work on medicine, Avicena contributed greatly to philosophy, mathematics, and physics.
Aristotle’s view of physics, which dominated the medieval world, considered all objects to have a natural state of being. Since the natural state is one of rest, all motion ceases without intervention. He further postulated that a prime mover was necessary to bring action into the universe. Avicena, on the other hand, suggested that objects in motion had impetus or “mayl” and that this impetus was only dissipated because of external forces. Four centuries before Galileo and the advent of classical mechanics, he boldly stated that without air resistance and friction objects in motion stay in motion.
At Avicena, we take inspiration from the great polymath of 1000 years ago to challenge conventional thinking that holds back progress. By finding ways of moving data without “friction”, we are designing high density interconnects that break the current paradigm and enable new architectures.