Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Arabic Version of Euclid’s Optics

Edited and Translated with Historical Introduction and Commentary Volume I

Authors: Kheirandish, Elaheh

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Like all classical Greek texts on science, Euclid's works on optics initially came to the West mainly through medieval Arabic texts and commentaries. While several Greek versions of the Optika were discovered and translated as early as the sixteenth century, sorting out what may have been Euclid's original has not been easy. This book presents a critical translation of an Arabic texts and of Arabic commentaries on the text, and places the whole in a historical context. The Optics is particularly interesting in that Euclid's text was considerably transformed in the process of translation into Arabic "equivalents"; in addition, several of the Arabic editions of Euclid's text (c. 300 BC) contained liberal admixtures of a much later book by Ptolemy (c. 200 AD) of the same title. What was referred to as "Euclid's Optics," the "Kitab Uqlidis fi Ikhtilaf al-manazir," thus became as much an exposition of an Arabic version of a visual theory as a translation of Euclid's ideas on the subject. In preparing this edition, Dr. Kheirandish has thus not only sorted out the various manuscript versions of Al-Manazir, but also related and unrelated texts that were often confused with it.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Arabic Version of Euclid’s Optics
Book Subtitle
Edited and Translated with Historical Introduction and Commentary Volume I
Authors
Series Title
Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Series Volume
16
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-1452-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-1452-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-98523-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-7150-5
Series ISSN
0172-6315
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LXV, 247
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