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A Critical Edition of Ibn al-Haytham's On the Shape of the Eclipse The First Experimental Study of the Camera Obscura by Dominique Raynaud
  

A Critical Edition of Ibn al-Haytham's On the Shape of the Eclipse The First Experimental Study of the Camera Obscura

Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Series

Synopsis

A Critical Edition of Ibn al-Haytham's On the Shape of the Eclipse The First Experimental Study of the Camera Obscura by Dominique Raynaud

This book provides the first critical edition of Ibn al-Haytham's On the Shape of the Eclipse with English translation and commentary, which records the first scientific analysis of the camera obscura. On the Shape of the Eclipse includes pioneering research on the conditions of formation of the image, in a time deemed to be committed to aniconism. It also provides an early attempt to merge the two branches of Ancient optics-the theory of light and theory of vision. What perhaps most strongly characterizes this treatise is the close interaction of a geometric analysis of light and experimental reasoning. Ibn al-Haytham conducted his experiments in a systematic way by varying all that could be changed: the shape and size of the aperture, the focal length of the camera obscura, the distance and shape of the celestial bodies. This way, he achieved a thorough understanding. This work represents a decisive step in both the history of optics and the application of the experimental method that was just as efficient in medieval Islam as today.

About the Author

Dominique Raynaud is a science historian at the Universite of Grenoble Alpes, France. He has published extensively in the field, including Optics and the Rise of Perspective. A Study in Network Knowledge Diffusion (Oxford, 2014), Scientific Controversies. A Socio-historical Perspective on the Advancement of Science (New Brunswick, 2015) and Studies on Binocular Vision (Springer, 2016).

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Book Info

Publication date

25th November 2016

Author

Dominique Raynaud

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Publisher

Springer International Publishing AG

Format

Hardback
305 pages

Categories

Laser technology & holography
History of mathematics

ISBN

9783319479903

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