Synthesis: Celebrating optics pioneer Ibn al-Haytham — and promoting intercultural collaboration for the International Year of Light

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Re: Synthesis: Celebrating optics pioneer Ibn al-Haytham — and promoting intercultural collaboration for the International Year of Light

Post by Rashmun on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:17 pm

Professor A. Mark Smith of the University of Missouri, who specialises in Medieval history and the history of science, described the significance of Ibn al-Haytham's contributions:

"Ibn al-Haytham’s primary contribution to the development of modern optics was the creation of a brilliant optical synthesis from various earlier theories, as well as his own. So elegant, coherent, and logically compelling was that synthesis, in fact, that it informed optical thought in Europe for hundreds of years before it was finally undermined by Kepler. The very fact that it persisted for so long and that it finally took a thinker of Kepler’s exceptional acuity to offer a viable alternative in the theory of retinal imaging is a testament to its elegance and logical power."

Ibn al-Haytham’s seminal work on optics and light is evidence of  the accumulation of scientific knowledge which built on the contributions of different civilisations, helping to this day shape our understanding of the universe and impacting our day-to-day lives.

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