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By A. Mark Smith

Someday among 1028 and 1038, Ibn al-Haytham accomplished his huge optical synthesis, Kitab al-Manazir ("Book of Optics"). through no later than 1200, and maybe slightly prior, this treatise seemed in Latin lower than the identify De aspectibus. In that shape it used to be attributed to a undeniable "Alhacen." those changes in name and authorial designation are indicative of the profound alterations among the 2 types, Arabic and Latin, of the treatise. in lots of methods, in truth, they are often appeared no longer easily as various models of an analogous paintings, yet as diverse works of their personal correct. therefore, the Arab writer, Ibn al-Haytham, and his Latin incarnation, Alhacen, symbolize detailed, occasionally even conflicting, interpretive voices. And an identical holds for his or her respective texts. To complicate issues, "Alhacen" doesn't signify a unmarried interpretive voice. there have been at the least translators at paintings at the Latin textual content, one in all them adhering faithfully to the Arabic unique, the opposite content material with distilling, even paraphrasing, the Arabic unique. therefore, the Latin textual content offers no longer one, yet at the very least faces to the reader. quantity This two-volume serious version represents fourteen years of labor on Dr. Smith's half. provided the 2001 J. F. Lewis Award. quantity Two--English Translation

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56] Now that this has been demonstrated,it remains for us to consider the opinion of the proponents of [visual] rays and to show what is false and what is true about that opinion. Accordingly,we should say that if vision results from something passing from the eye to the visible object, then that thing is either corporealor not. 87 Therefore,vision cannot be due to the extramissionof some physical substanceby the eye to the visible object. But if what is emitted from the eye is not corporeal,it will not feel the visible object,for sensation can only occur in bodies.

100]And since this is so, they are perceived mingled together,and the secondary forms that reach the eye from the form of color that shines upon the body facing it will always be perceived by the eye mingled with the form of the color of that body, as well as with the form of its light. The eye thus perceives a form derived from the two colors [and] that [form]is differentfrom the form of either of them. If, then, the opaque body upon which the form [shines] is of a bright color, the form it conveys to the eye will be bright, and it is a primaryform, and it is mingled with the secondary form that reachesthe eye from the form of the color shining upon that TRANSLATION:BOOKONE 383 body.

100]And since this is so, they are perceived mingled together,and the secondary forms that reach the eye from the form of color that shines upon the body facing it will always be perceived by the eye mingled with the form of the color of that body, as well as with the form of its light. The eye thus perceives a form derived from the two colors [and] that [form]is differentfrom the form of either of them. If, then, the opaque body upon which the form [shines] is of a bright color, the form it conveys to the eye will be bright, and it is a primaryform, and it is mingled with the secondary form that reachesthe eye from the form of the color shining upon that TRANSLATION:BOOKONE 383 body.

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