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The optics of Jan van Eyck and Ibn al-Haytham
Author(s): Charles M Falco; Aimée L. Weintz Allen

Paper Abstract

Ibn al-Haytham (Latinized as Alhazen or Alhacen) wrote nearly one hundred works on topics as diverse as poetry and politics. With his landmark seven-volume Kitāb al-Manāzir [Book of Optics], published sometime between 1028 [418 A.H.] and 1038 [429 A.H.], he made intellectual contributions that subsequently were incorporated throughout the core of post-Medieval Western culture, including its optics and art. We have used material from both the writings of Ibn al-Haytham and the paintings of Jan van Eyck in a workshop teaching modern optical principles to a variety of audiences.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 84810L (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929920
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Charles M Falco, Optical Sciences Ctr., The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Aimée L. Weintz Allen, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8481:
Optics Education and Outreach II
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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