Tag: Optics

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Ibn al-Haytham and Psychophysics

by Craig Aaen-Stockdale Published on: 4th July 2020

The famous scientist Ibn al-Haytham (‘Alhazen') has rightly been credited with many advances in optics and vision science, but recent spurious claims that he is the ‘founder of psychophysics' rest upon unsupported assertions, a conflation…

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Digital Light & Codebreakers

by Salim Al-Hassani Published on: 3rd March 2020

Taken from the Bletchley Park's Digital Light: Code Makers brochure, a summary of Prof Salim Al-Hassani's speech about Muslim Civilisation's contribution in optics and cryptology.

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Author Bradley Steffens on ‘First Scientist’, Ibn al-Haytham

by Nadeem Haque Published on: 8th January 2020

Author Bradley Steffens was interviewed by IHR Director Nadeem Haque on August 25, 2017. Steffens is a poet, a novelist, and an award-winning author of more than forty nonfiction books for children and young adults.…

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Manchester Science Festival to Feature Family Event on Ibn Al-Haytham

by 1001 Inventions Published on: 20th September 2018

1001 Inventions Celebrates Ibn Al-Haytham at Manchester’s Iconic Central Library

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Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage Symposium

by Al-Furqan Published on: 31st August 2017

“Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage”, a Symposium organised by Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation – Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts, in co-operation with the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK), on…

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The Impact of Islamic Science and Learning on England

by Salah Zaimeche Published on: 28th June 2017

Nothing contrasts more the discrepancies in learning as the place of books. When Muslim libraries abounded with books, some containing even tens of thousands, and where students, scholars and any curious mind found a place,…

Ibn Al-Haytham’s Contributions To Optics And Renaissance Art Charles Falco

Ibn Al-Haytham’s Contributions To Optics And Renaissance Art Charles Falco

by Media Desk Published on: 5th February 2016

From The Opening Ceremony Of The International Year Of Light At The Unesco Building In Paris France. Ibn Al-Haytham’s Contributions To Optics And Renaissance Art Charles Falco

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The International Year of Light Sheds Light on the Dark Ages

by News Desk Published on: 27th June 2015

The UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies is a multi-faceted celebration of light in its scientific, technological and cultural context. Central to this has been the recognition of Ibn al-Haytham as the founder…

UNESCO announces partnership with 1001 Inventions to celebrate Ibn Al-Haytham

UNESCO announces partnership with 1001 Inventions to celebrate Ibn Al-Haytham

by Media Desk Published on: 13th January 2015

Director-General Irina Bokova announces UNESCO's partnership with 1001 Inventions to launch a global campaign to celebrate the 10th century scientist Ibn Al-Haytham. The campaign called "1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham" will be…

The Life of Ibn Al-Haytham (short film)

The Life of Ibn Al-Haytham (short film)

by Media Desk Published on: 17th June 2014

A short film about the life and achievements of the "Father of the Optics", Ibn al-Haytham...

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Ibn Al-Haytham on Eye and Brain, Vision and Perception

by Charles G. Gross Published on: 28th September 2012

Ibn al-Haytham was the major figure in the study of optics and vision in the Middle Ages and his influence was pervasive for over 500 years. In this article, Professor Charles G. Gross, a renowned…

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A New Arabic Text of Mechanics: Sinan ibn Thabit on the Theory of Simple Machines

by Mohammed Abattouy Published on: 7th February 2012

The Arabic manuscript Orient fol. 3306 preserved at the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin was in its original form a precious collection of Arabic scientific texts of mechanics and optics. It contains a fragment in one folio…

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The Influence of Ibn al-Haytham on Kamal al-Din al-Farisi

by Saira Malik Published on: 17th June 2011

This is a very short note summarizing the lecture presented by Dr Saira Malik in the Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG) meeting organized by FSTC at the Royal Society in London on March 30, 2011.…

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Nader El-Bizri: Ibn al-Haytham – An Introduction

by Nader El-Bizri Published on: 11th June 2011

This presentation focused on the historical and epistemic bearings of the scientific legacy of the celebrated polymath al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham (known in Latin as Alhazen)

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Reflections on the Optics of Time

by Charles Savage Published on: 30th May 2011

Based on the outstanding achievement of Ibn al-Haytham's work in optics, which paved the way for the "Optics of Space," Dr. Charles M. Savage develops in this stimulating article a vibrant plea for the need…

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Kamal al-Din Abu al-Hasan (or al-Hasan) al-Farisi

by Saira Malik Published on: 18th December 2010

In this short bio-bibliography of Kamal al-Din al-Farisi, Dr Saira Malik presents succinctly the life and work of one of the most original scientists of the Islamic tradition. The author of Tanqih al-Manazir was indeed…

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Book review: Ibn al-Haytham and the New Optics

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 29th October 2010

This is a book review of Ibn El-Heysem ve Yeni Optik (Ibn al-Haytham and the New Optics) by Huseyin Gazi Topdemir published in 2008 in Turkish as the first book of a series on scientific…

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The Invention of Spectacles between the East and the West

by Lutfallah Gari Published on: 12th November 2008

The following article by the expert scholar Lutfallah Gari surveys the historical sources to uncover the ancient history of the invention of spectacles. To the question "where and when were they invented?", and after a…

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Taqi al-Din ibn Ma‘ruf and the Science of Optics: The Nature of Light and the Mechanism of Vision by Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir

by Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir Published on: 15th July 2008

In this article, some aspects of Kitab Nūr hadaqat al-ibsār wa-nūr haqīqat al-anzār (Book of the Light of the Pupil of Vision and the Light of the Truth of the Sights) of the renowned Ottoman…

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Taqi al-Din ibn Ma‘ruf and the Science of Optics: The Nature of Light and the Mechanism of Vision

by Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir Published on: 15th July 2008

In this article, some aspects of Kitab Nūr hadaqat al-ibsār wa-nūr haqīqat al-anzār (Book of the Light of the Pupil of Vision and the Light of the Truth of the Sights) of the renowned Ottoman…

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Kamal Al-Din Al-Farisi’s Explanation of the Rainbow

by Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir Published on: 23rd May 2008

This article focuses on a critical presentation of the arguments put forward by Kamal al-Din al-Farisi about the formation of the rainbow. This optical phenomenon was explained simultaneously but independently by two scientists, Kamal al-Din…

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Al-Kindi

by The Editorial Team Published on: 6th May 2007

Ya'qub b. Ishaq al-Kindi was an early Arab scholar of the 9th century, one of the first great scientists that set the stage for the brilliant Islamic tradition of learning. His works in philosophy, cosmology,…

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The Scholars of Aleppo: Al Mahassin, Al Urdi, Al-Lubudi, Al-Halabi

by Salah Zaimeche Published on: 22nd March 2005

The article describes the works of the following scholars: Al Mahassin: an eminent writer in the field of eye surgery, Al Urdi: the first astronomer associated with Maragha, Al-Lubudi: a physician, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher…

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The Impact of Translations of Muslim Sciences on the West

by Salah Zaimeche Published on: 4th March 2003

Scholars from all Christian lands rushed to translate Muslim science, and thus start the scientific awakening of Europe. Many of course were Spaniards: John of Seville, Hugh of Santalla, and those working under the patronage…