Theories of Vision from Al-kindi to Kepler

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University of Chicago Press, 1976 - History - 324 pages
Kepler's successful solution to the problem of vision early in the seventeenth century was a theoretical triumph as significant as many of the more celebrated developments of the scientific revolution. Yet the full import of Kepler's arguments can be grasped only when they are viewed against the background of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance visual theory. David C. Lindberg provides this background, and in doing so he fills the gap in historical scholarship and constructs a model for tracing the development of scientific ideas.

David C. Lindberg is professor and chairman of the department of the history of science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
 

Contents

Ancient Theories of Vision
1
2 AlKindis Critique of Euclids Theory of Vision
18
3 Galenists and Aristotelians in Islam
33
4 Alhazen and the New Intromission Theory of Vision
58
5 The Origins of Optics in the West
87
6 The Optical Synthesis of the Thirteenth Century
104
7 Visual Theory in the Later Middle Ages
122
8 Artists and Anatomists of the Renaissance
147
9 Johannes Kepler and the Theory of the Retinal Image
178
The Translation of Optical Works from Greek and Arabic into Latin
209
Notes
215
Selected Bibliography
285
Index
311
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David C. Lindberg (1935-2015) was the Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past-president of the History of Science Society. His scholarship focused on the history of medieval and early modern science, especially physical science and the relationship between religion and science. He was the author or editor of many books, several of which were published by the University of Chicago Press.

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