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By Alhazen, A. Mark Smith

Someday among 1028 and 1038, Ibn al-Haytham accomplished his huge optical synthesis, Kitab al-Manazir ("Book of Optics"). by means of no later than 1200, and maybe slightly past, this treatise seemed in Latin lower than the identify De aspectibus. In that shape it used to be attributed to a undeniable "Alhacen." those modifications in identify and authorial designation are indicative of the profound changes among the 2 models, Arabic and Latin, of the treatise. in lots of methods, in truth, they are often appeared now not easily as varied types of an identical paintings, yet as diversified works of their personal correct. as a result, the Arab writer, Ibn al-Haytham, and his Latin incarnation, Alhacen, symbolize special, occasionally even conflicting, interpretive voices. And an analogous holds for his or her respective texts. To complicate issues, "Alhacen" doesn't characterize a unmarried interpretive voice. there have been a minimum of translators at paintings at the Latin textual content, one in every of them adhering faithfully to the Arabic unique, the opposite content material with distilling, even paraphrasing, the Arabic unique. as a result, the Latin textual content provides now not one, yet no less than faces to the reader. This two-volume serious version represents fourteen years of labor on Dr. Smith's half. presented the 2001 J. F. Lewis Award.

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It is thereforesafe to assume that when he refers to these groups and their opinions, Alhacen has in mind, if not the actual representativeswe have mentioned, then others of their ilk. 5. Alhacen's Account of Visual Perception: An Overview Background Summary:Alhacen's account of visual perceptionis excepand considered. Thereis remarkablylittle in it that is cautious tionally overtly hypothetical or deductive and much that is overtly empirical and inductive. Furthermore,Alhacen is extraordinarilysystematicand precise, almost mathematicallyso, in developing that accountelementby-element in a logical order that is as inexorableas it is clear.

15' As one might expect, al-Kindi follows Euclid in supposing the eye to be responsible for making contact with external objects; his theory, in short, is extramissionist. Yet somewhat unexpectedly, al-Kindi rejects Euclid's assumption that the eye emits a material flux along discrete lines to establish this contact. Rather, for al-Kindi, the eye exerts a power (virttls) that renders external objects visible, in much the same way that light exerts the power of illumination on things. Furthermore, if what passes from the eye is immaterial, then it cannot be discrete.

To Ivi ALHACEN'SDE ASPECTIBUS establish this point, Alhacen is at pains in the first five chaptersof book 1 in the Latintext to show by common experience how light and color affect sight in various ways depending upon ambient circumstances. An overly brightlight or color,for instance,can impair the eye's proper functioning by creating an after-imagethat overshadows the effect of fainter light- or color-formsupon the eye. Strong colors seen in faint light will not be properly revealed to the eye.

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