Alhazen's Theory of Vision and Its Reception in the West

  title={Alhazen's Theory of Vision and Its Reception in the West},
  author={D. C. Lindberg},
  pages={321 - 341}
  • D. C. Lindberg
  • Published 1967
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Isis
  • HE MOST SERIOUS problem facing the Muslim heirs of Greek thought was the extraordinary diversity of their inheritance. Among theories of optics, for instance, Muslim thinkers had the following choice: the emission theory of sight of Euclid and Ptolemy, which postulated visual rays emanating from the observer's eye; the older Epicurean intromission theory, which reversed the rays and made them corporeal; the combined emission-intromission theories of Plato and Galen; and some enigmatic… CONTINUE READING
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