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Philosophy talk by Nader El-Bizri (American University of Beirut)


Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022

Time: 13.00 – 15.00

Location: D700

Alhazen's Legacy in Optics and its Adaptive Assimilation in the European History of Science and the Architectural Arts

This talk focuses on the science of optics of the 11th century Arab polymath Alhazen (Ibn al-Haytham; born in Basra ca. 965 CE, and died in Cairo ca. 1040 CE). A special emphasis will be placed on his theories of vision and light and their adaptive assimilation and reception in the European milieu from the High Middle Ages to the early-modern era within the perspectiva traditions in the sciences and visual architectural arts. This line of inquiry will be orientated by epistemic and historical aspects that touch upon the synergies in the sciences, the arts, and philosophy, while considering Alhazen's isomorphic composition of mathematics with physics in the context of his experimental methods and their bearings on philosophy of mind and embodimen.