Culture Global Presents
100 Heroes of Western Culture
These individuals have most contributed to replacing
ignorance with knowledge, savagery with civilization,
disease with health, tyranny with liberty, poverty with
abundance, and despair with happiness.
#31: Ibn al-Haytham / Alhazen (965-1040)
Ibn al-Haytham or Alhazen (965-1040) was an Arab / Persian scientist
He is properly regarded as one of history's most eminent physicists.
He is considered the father of optics, a pioneer of the scientific
method, the founder of psychophysics and experimental psychology,
and the "first scientist."
His Book of Optics is one of the most influential books in
physics, impacting European scientists of the 1600s during the Scientific
Alhazen was likely the most towering intellectual of the Arab / Persian
Golden Age (700-1200), which was essentially a product of Ancient
Greek / Aristotelian influence.
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