Al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham


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Noun1.Al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham - an Egyptian polymath (born in Iraq) whose research in geometry and optics was influential into the 17th centuryAl-Hasan ibn al-Haytham - an Egyptian polymath (born in Iraq) whose research in geometry and optics was influential into the 17th century; established experiments as the norm of proof in physics (died in 1040)
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Another inventor is the tenth century optician and physicist Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham, simply known as al-Haytham, who invented the pinhole camera and discovered how the eye works.
Europe would never have emerged from the tyranny and obscurantism of the Catholic Church if Arabs like Ibn Rushd and Al-Hasan Ibn Al-Haytham had not preserved and passed on the knowledge contained in classical Greek texts.