"Despite captions that are printed in red and therefore largely illegible, the many color pictures enhance this illuminating narrative with maps, diagrams, prints (including an old portrait of Muhammad) and images of illustrated manuscript pages. (index, multimedia resource lists) (Biography. 11-13)"
In this clearly written, carefully reasoned profile, Steffens not only traces the scantly documented life of one of early modern science's giants (better known in Europe as Alhazen), but also places him both within the broader contexts of early Muslim society, and of the whole history of science.
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