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Before Newton, there was Alhazen

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David L. Shenkenberg, Features Editor, [email protected]

A millennium ago, an Arab scientist authored more than 100 works on optics, astronomy, mathematics and religious philosophy. Although he was arguably one of the greatest scientists of all time, his name is little known to people living in Western countries today. He is sometimes referred to by his last name, ibn al-Haytham, but he is most often called by his first name, Alhazen, although historians have noted that his first name is more accurately translated to al-Hasan or Abu Ali al-Hasan. Alhazen was born in Basra in what is now Iraq in the year 965 and died around 1040. Although he...Read full article

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