Ibn al Haytham - The First Scientist - Alhazen - Ibn al Haitham - Alhacen  
Arabic for Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al Haytham

Bradley Steffens


Ibn al-Haytham: The First "Mad" Scientist

 May 22, 2008

3 p.m.

 Lawson 1142
Cyber Center and Computer Science
Purdue University Discovery Park

Purdue University's Discovery Park was established to serve as a catalyst for drawing faculty, staff, and students to reach into other disciplines and projects in order to take Purdue to the cutting edge of academic work. Bradley Steffens will speak at Discovery Park about how modern science originated in the skeptical mind of the eleventh century Muslim scholar, Ibn al-Haytham. Steffens will discuss Ibn al-Haytham’s life story, achievements, and impact on European learning. He also will explore two biographical accounts written shortly after Ibn al-Haytham’s death that suggest the scholar feigned madness to escape his duties as a civil servant in Basra and, later, in Cairo. Steffens examines reasons for believing that Ibn al-Haytham feigned nothing, but suffered from a form of autism known as Asperger’s syndrome.


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