DOI: 10.14704/nq.2005.3.2.68

Ibn al-Haytham and Eye Optics

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Ibn al-Haytham (965-1040) is sometimes called al-Basri. He seems to have written around 92 works of which, remarkably, over 55 have survived. The main topics on which he wrote were optics, including a theory of light and a theory of vision, astronomy, and mathematics, including geometry and number theory. A seven volume work on optics, Kitab al-Manazir, is considered by many to be ibn al-Haytham's most important contribution. It was translated into Latin as Opticae thesaurus Alhazeni in 1270.


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