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Civilization Tech:

Who invented the pinhole camera, which a lot of people use to look at eclipses?

Hint: Was a long time ago. But not as long ago as the concept behind it was developed.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

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The answer: Ibn Al-Haytham

The answer: Ibn Al-Haytham

According to the Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon: “The Greeks apparently understood the principle of the pinhole camera and developed convex mirrors and burning glasses as well. The Greeks, however, are not remembered for their ability to putter around, so the pinhole camera waited in the wings for almost 1500 years. Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham), whom D.J. Lovell 1 called the greatest authority on optics in the Middle Ages, lived around + 1000 on the Gregorian calendar, invented the pinhole camera, and explained why the image was upside down. He also studied the optics of the eye and used the Arabic word for lentil to describe the lens of the eye. Indirectly, therefore, he gave us the modern English word, lens, which is the Latin word for lentil.”