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Light-Based Science


Technology and Sustainable Development, The Legacy of Ibn al-Haytham

  • Edited By: Azzedine Boudrioua, Roshdi Rashed, Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan
  • ISBN: 9781498779388
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2017
  • Format: Hardback – 281 Pages
  • Language: English


This book discusses light-based science, emphasizing its pervasive influence in science, technology, policy, and education. A wide range of contributors offers a comprehensive study of the tremendous, and indeed foundational, contributions of Ibn al Haytham, a scholar from the medieval period. The analysis then moves into the future development of light-based technology.

Written as a multi-disciplinary reference book by leading scholars in the history of science and /or photonics, it covers Ibn al Haytham’s optics, LED lighting for sustainable development, global and atomic-scale time with new light sources, advanced technology, and vision science. Cutting-edge optical technologies and their global impact is addressed in detail, and the later chapters also explore challenges with renewable energy, the global impact of photonics, and optical and photonic education technology. Practical examples and illustrations are provided throughout the text.

Table of Contents
  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Part One: History Guiding the Future, example of Ibn al Haytham
    1. Chapter One: Ibn al Haytham’s Scientific Program
    2. Chapter Two: Science, Philosophy and religion during the 10th century
    3. Chapter Three: From the Reasons of Light to the Lights of Reason: Remarks on the Nine Centuries Distant Ibn al Haytham’s and Albert Einstein’s Respective Approaches of Light as Conceived Physically
    4. Chapter Four: Translation and Studies of Ibn al Haytham’s Optics in Latin
    5. Chapter Five: Ibn Al-Haytham: The Founder of Scientific Pluralism
    6. Chapter Six: The Famous Problem of Ibn al Haytham
    7. Chapter Seven: Ibn Al-Haytham: Founder of Physiological Optics?
    8. Chapter Eight: Al Haytham’s Influence on the Optics and Culture of Medieval Europe
  4. Part Two: Light-based technologies for the future
    1. Chapter Nine: Photonic Technology: Recent Developments and Challenges of the 21st Century
    2. Chapter Ten: Ibn al Haytham’s: From Basra, Earth to the Gale Crater, Mars
    3. Chapter Eleven: Modern electron optics and the search for more light: the legacy of Ibn al-Haytham
    4. Chapter Twelve: Atomic-scale time with new light sources
    5. Chapter Thirteen: The relevance of LED lighting for sustainable development
Editor(s) Description

Azzedine Boudrioua is leading Organic Photonics and Nanostructures group of Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers (LPL) at Galilee Institute – University Paris 13 (France). After my PhD in physics at the University of Metz (1996), he conducted, for 15 years, his research in the field of integrated optics and photonic crystals as an associated professor. He is currently developing activities in the field of nanophotonics as well as nonlinear optics. He published more than 85 journal papers and 2 books and he is involved in different scientific committees and expert panels. He is the coordinator of Ib

Roshdi Rashed is the author of several books and scientific articles in History of Science. He is currently Emeritus Director of Research (special class) at CNRS (France). He was director of the Centre for History of Arab and Medieval Science and Philosophies (until 2001) Paris, and also director of the doctoral formation in epistemology and history of science, Paris Diderot University (until 2001). He is Emeritus Professor at Tokyo University, and at the Mansoura University, and also at the Paris Diderot University. He was a founder (1984) and Director (until May 1993) of the REHSEIS (Research Epistemology and History of Science and Scientific Institutions) research team, CNRS, Paris.

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