The Gaze in Ibn al-Haytham

  title={The Gaze in Ibn al-Haytham},
  author={G{\'e}rard Simon},
  journal={The Medieval History Journal},
  pages={89 - 98}
  • G. Simon
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Art
  • The Medieval History Journal
The article looks at the revolutionary shift of visual interpretation as it occurred in the works of one of the most prominent Arab scientists, Ibn al-Haytham. In his critique of the visual theories of Euclide and Ptolemy, Ibn al-Haytham developed a new conception of estimating distance. Distance is no longer calculated geometrically by the visual faculty, but by the interpretation of signs which are implicit in the visual field and of which an image is formed. This necessity to interpret signs… 

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