A Critical Edition of Ibn al-Haytham’s On the Shape of the by Dominique Raynaud

By Dominique Raynaud

This publication presents the 1st serious version of Ibn al-Haytham’s at the form of the Eclipse with English translation and statement, which files the 1st clinical research of the digicam obscura. at the form of the Eclipse contains pioneering study at the stipulations of formation of the picture, in a time deemed to be devoted to aniconism. It additionally presents an early try to merge the 2 branches of historic optics—the thought of sunshine and idea of vision.

What possibly so much strongly characterizes this treatise is the shut interplay of a geometrical research of sunshine and experimental reasoning. Ibn al-Haytham performed his experiments in a scientific approach by means of various all which may be replaced: the form and measurement of the aperture, the focal size of the digicam obscura, the gap and form of the celestial our bodies. this fashion, he completed a radical knowing. This paintings represents a decisive step in either the historical past of optics and the appliance of the experimental procedure that used to be simply as effective in medieval Islam as today.

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