Our comprehension of scientific achievements is often limited to those developments recorded in one’s own country or in those allied to it. That this is so is probably attributable to patriotic chauvinism and religious prejudice. For instance, we are likely to consider that the optics we practice (as well as many other cultural activities) began in Greece and came to us directly by way of Europe. Let us consider the Arabian influence on optics and dispel some of this myth.
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