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Alhacen and the Grand Synthesis

A. Mark Smith

in From Sight to Light: The Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174761
eISBN:
9780226174938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174938.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

At the most general level, this chapter aims to show that Ibn al-Haytham’s Kitāb al-Manāẓir (“Book of Optics”) is best understood as a systematic elaboration on Ptolemy’s Optics according to a ... More


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