Re: [asa] History of Science article

From: Don Winterstein <>
Date: Tue Jan 06 2009 - 09:34:28 EST

The author states that Western science owes many advances to al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham. While not wishing to minimize what he did, I've always heard that Western scientists made these advances independently. You don't really owe a debt to someone unless you've received something from him. What's the evidence that Newton et al. knew about al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham's accomplishments? Newton can't have "stood on his shoulders" if he hadn't heard of him.

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  Hi all,

  Thought you'd find this BBC article of interest--any history-of-science buffs out there want to comment on this?<>

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