Essays on Science and SocietyPORTRAITS OF SCIENCE

A Polymath in the 10th Century

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Science  02 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5582, pp. 773
DOI: 10.1126/science.1074591

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In this Essay, Roshdi Rashed describes and illustrates the intense research activity in the mathematical sciences at the turn of the 10th century and indicates its impact on the history of science. Ibn al-Haytham's contributions in mathematics, physics, and astronomy are a representative example.