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The seeker after truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them, but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration, and not the sayings of a human being whose nature is fraught with all kinds of imperfection and deficiency. Thus the job of the man who investigates the writings of scientist, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads, and applying his mind to the core and margins of its content, attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either prejudice or leniency.Al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham (born c. 965 in Basra – died c. 1039 in Cairo), in ‘Doubts Concerning Ptolemy’
Al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham, latinized as Alhazen, was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist and philosopher from Basra (in modern day Iraq) who made significant contributions to the principles of optics, astronomy, mathematics, meteorology, visual perception and the scientific method, which he is often credited with inventing.
He is one of the fathers of modern science and has been described as “The First Scientist”.
UNESCO has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and will be celebrating Ibn Al-Haytham's achievements in optics, mathematics and astronomy, and his importance in laying the foundations of the present day scientific experimental method, through an international campaign titled 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham. The campaign will be unveiled at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 19 January 2015.
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