A Critical Edition of Ibn al-Haytham’s On the Shape of the by Dominique Raynaud

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By Dominique Raynaud

This booklet offers the 1st severe version of Ibn al-Haytham’s On the form of the Eclipse with English translation and remark, which documents the 1st medical research of the digital camera obscura. On the form of the Eclipse contains pioneering study at the stipulations of formation of the picture, in a time deemed to be devoted to aniconism. It additionally presents an early try to merge the 2 branches of old optics—the concept of sunshine and concept of vision.

What possibly such a lot strongly characterizes this treatiseis the shut interplay of a geometrical research of sunshine and experimental reasoning. Ibn al-Haytham carried out his experiments in a scientific manner by means of various all which may be replaced: the form and measurement of the aperture, the focal size of the digital camera obscura, the space and form of the celestial our bodies. this manner, he accomplished an intensive figuring out. This paintings represents a decisive step in either the historical past of optics and the applying of the experimental approach that used to be simply as effective in medieval Islam as today.

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The different meanings of this skeleton are distinguished by the diacritics alone: after (‫) َبـ ْعـ َد‬, still, yet (‫) َبـ ْعـ ُد‬, to be away (‫) َبـ ُعـ َد‬, remote (‫) َبـ ـعيـد‬, distance (‫) ُبـ ْعـد‬. MS B provides the forms ‫( َبـعـد‬after), ‫( َبـ ُعـد‬to be or move away), ‫( ُبـ ـعـ ـد‬distance), when the other manuscripts generally lack diacritics. I have used the diacritical marks sparingly to solve an ambiguity. 4. Tips on Reading This book is made up of two parts: the Critical Edition of the Arabic text with English Translation (Chapter 2) and the Commentary (Chapters 3–4).

Then, if the aperture is expanded further,7 the image of the shape appearing on the plane opposite the aperture is changed. And the more increased the capacity of the aperture, the more changed the image. 8 Subsequently, no matter how large the aperture afterwards, the light will always be displayed as circular provided that the aperture is circular. ǀOǁB 5. ” 6. ” 7. This notion already appears in Pseudo-Aristotle’s Problemata Physica XV, 11, where one reads: “διὰ μεγάλων ὀπῶν,” “per foramina ampliora,” and also, with a little more doubt, “<μικρ>αὶ ...

2 A Different Observations in the Case of the Moon> But if the moonlight13 comes out from one of these apertures and appears on the plane parallel to the aperture, and if the aperture is circular, the light will only be circular,14 whenever the aperture is narrow, the Moon is full or crescent-shaped, as is the case within the first or last days of the month, or at the time of an eclipse. Likewise, while the moonlight comes out from apertures of different forms, the image of its shapes will be similar to the shapes of the apertures.

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