Experiment and Theory in Ptolemy’s Optics

  • Gerard Simon
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 195)


Using examples from Ptolemy I intend today to interrupt a too exclusive exchange between experiment and theory implied by the very title of this colloquium. It seems to me necessary to examine matters further down, down to the thought objects underlying the theories, without overlooking the arrangements of knowledge and the cultural context (almost in an ethnological meaning) surrounding the scientist at work.


Refraction Angle Binocular Vision Visual Axis Concave Mirror Visual Cone 
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    Lejeune, Albert. Euclide et Ptolémée, deux stades de l’optique géométrique grecque. Louvain, 1948.Recherches sur la Catoptrique grecque. Mémoires de l’Académie Royale de Belgique, 2ème série, classe des Lettres, 1957.Google Scholar
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    See De Pace, Anna. “Elementi aristotelici nell’ Ottico di Claudio Tolomeo”, Rivista critica di storia della Filosofia ,Firenze, 1981, 36–2, pp. 123–138.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.Université de Lille IIIFrance

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