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By Alhazen, A. Mark Smith

ISBN-10: 0871699141

ISBN-13: 9780871699145

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 less than the name De aspectibus. In that shape it used to be attributed to a definite "Alhacen." those modifications in identify and authorial designation are indicative of the profound modifications among the 2 models, Arabic and Latin, of the treatise. in lots of methods, actually, they are often looked now not easily as assorted models of an identical paintings, yet as diversified works of their personal correct. hence, the Arab writer, Ibn al-Haytham, and his Latin incarnation, Alhacen, characterize certain, occasionally even conflicting, interpretive voices. And an analogous holds for his or her respective texts. To complicate issues, "Alhacen" doesn't symbolize a unmarried interpretive voice. there have been not less than translators at paintings at the Latin textual content, considered one of them adhering faithfully to the Arabic unique, the opposite content material with distilling, even paraphrasing, the Arabic unique. for this reason, the Latin textual content provides now not one, yet at the least faces to the reader. This two-volume serious version represents fourteen years of labor on Dr. Smith's half. provided the 2001 J. F. Lewis Award.

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As figure 1 illustrates,when rays EA and EC that flank the axial ray EB at equal distances are perceived as equal in length, the surface AC that they sense will be perceived as perfectly frontal. On the other hand, when flanking rays ED and EFare perceived as unequal in length, surfaceDBF will be adjudged oblique. Perceptionof distance and obliquity is crucial,in turn, to size-perE F CB A D figure 1 ception. Thus, if two objectssubtend the same visual angle but one of them is judged to lie fartheraway, the fartherobjectwill appear larger.

Color and light are naturally disposed to intermingle,light providingcolorwith the abilityto shine, color in turn providing light with a sort of screenupon and throughwhich to exert its illuminative power. Hence, while they are ontologically dis- INTRODUCTION Iv tinct, light and color seem not to be functionally distinct for Alhacen. On the one hand, colorcannotmanifestitselfwithout light. On the other, all physical bodies possess some opacity by virtue of which they tinge the light that strikes or passes through them.

Xxxvi ALHACEN'SDE ASPECTIBUS Thus, it is with Ptolemy that the study of optics takes canonical form according to the analysis, first, of opticsproper,then of catoptrics,and finally of dioptrics. In all threecases, the phenomena areinvestigated on the basis of relativelysimple yet ingeniously contrived experimentalapparatus. In the case of diplopia, for instance, the apparatusconsists of a small board upon which colored pegs and sighting lines can be placed at various locationsto producemultiple imaging.

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