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Smith, A. Mark

Overview
Works: 60 works in 168 publications in 3 languages and 2,291 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Classifications: Q11, 535
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Most widely held works by A. Mark Smith
From sight to light : the passage from ancient to modern optics by A. Mark Smith( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From its inception in Greek antiquity, the science of optics was aimed primarily at explaining sight and accounting for why things look as they do. By the end of the seventeenth century, however, the analytic focus of optics had shifted to light: its fundamental properties and such physical behaviors as reflection, refraction, and diffraction. This dramatic shift--which A. Mark Smith characterizes as the “Keplerian turn”--lies at the heart of this fascinating and pioneering study. Breaking from previous scholarship that sees Johannes Kepler as the culmination of a long-evolving optical tradition that traced back to Greek antiquity via the Muslim Middle Ages, Smith presents Kepler instead as marking a rupture with this tradition, arguing that his theory of retinal imaging, which was published in 1604, was instrumental in prompting the turn from sight to light. Kepler’s new theory of sight, Smith reveals, thus takes on true historical significance: by treating the eye as a mere light-focusing device rather than an image-producing instrument--as traditionally understood--Kepler’s account of retinal imaging helped spur the shift in analytic focus that eventually led to modern optics. A sweeping survey, From Sight to Light is poised to become the standard reference for historians of optics as well as those interested more broadly in the history of science, the history of art, and cultural and intellectual history.--Publisher website
Descartes's theory of light and refraction : a discourse on method by A. Mark Smith( Book )

10 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy's theory of visual perception : an English translation of the Optics by Ptolemy( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy and the foundations of ancient mathematical optics : a source based guided study by A. Mark Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacen's De aspectibus by Alhazen( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alhacen on image-formation and distortion in mirrors : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of book 6 of Alhacen's De aspectibus by Alhazen( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and Latin and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alhacen on refraction : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of Book 7 of Alhacen's De Aspectibus by Alhazen( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy and the foundations of ancient mathematical optics : a source based guided study by A. Mark Smith( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alhacen's Theory of visual perception by Alhazen( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and Latin and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alhacen on refraction : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of book 7 of Alhacen's De aspectibus by Alhazen( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and Latin and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alhacen on refraction : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of book 7 of Alhacen's De aspectibus by Alhazen( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectiva by Witelo( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in Latin and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacen's De aspectibusAlhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacen's De aspectibus, the medieval Latin version of Ibn al-Haytham's Kitāb al-ManāẓirAlhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacens De aspectibus, [the Medieval Latin version of Ibn-al-Haythams Kitāb al-Manāẓir]
Alternative Names
Smith, A. M.

Smith, A. M. 1942-

Smith, A. M. (A. Mark)

Smith, A. M. (A. Mark), 1942-

Smith, A. Mark 1942-

Smith, Albert M. 1942-

Smith, Mark 1942-

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Ptolemy and the foundations of ancient mathematical optics : a source based guided studyAlhacen's theory of visual perception : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of the first three books of Alhacen's De aspectibus, the medieval Latin version of Ibn al-Haytham's Kitab al-ManazirAlhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacen's De aspectibusPtolemy and the foundations of ancient mathematical optics : a source based guided studyAlhacen's Theory of visual perceptionTheory of visual perception : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of the first three books of Alhacen's De aspectibus, the medieval latin version of Ibn al-Haytham's Kitāb al-ManāẓirAlhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacen's De aspectibus, the medieval Latin version of Ibn al-Haytham's Kitāb al-ManāẓirAlhacen on the principles of reflection : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of books 4 and 5 of Alhacens De aspectibus, [the Medieval Latin version of Ibn-al-Haythams Kitāb al-Manāẓir]Theory of visual perception : a critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of the first three books of Alhacen's De aspectibus, the medieval latin version of Ibn al-Haytham's Kitāb al-Manāẓir