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What is the history of medieval optics really about?

@article{Smith2004WhatIT,
  title={What is the history of medieval optics really about?},
  author={A. Mark Smith},
  journal={Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society},
  year={2004},
  volume={148 2},
  pages={
          180-94
        }
}
  • A. M. Smith
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society
SINCE ITS PUBLICATION IN 1975, David Lindberg's Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler2 has become the canonical source for our understanding of medieval optics and its place in the development of modern optics. Lindberg's ulterior purpose in writing this book was to show that, contrary to prevailing opinion, Johan Kepler's account of sight, which is based on the casting of point-by-point images through the lens at the front of the eye onto the retina at the back, represented a continuation… 

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