The Islamic Golden Age of light science for today's knowledge-based Society: The Ibn Al-Haytham example

International conference, 14-15 September 2015. Venue: Room II, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France


 Kamal al-Din al-Farisi's Tanqih al-Manazir
Kamal al-Din al-Farisi's Tanqih al-Manazir, a revision of Ibn Al-Haytham's book of optics (708 H.E./1309 A.D.)
Adilnor Collection.

Programme - Day 2


08:30-08:55 | Registration

9:00-10:45 | Session 5: History of Optics 1

Moderator: Azzedine Boudrioua, Chair of Ibn Al-Haytham Working Group

From the reasons of light to the lights of reason – remarks on light and rationality from Ibn Al-Haytham to Albert Einstein
Michel Paty (France), Director Emeritus of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Translation and studies of Ibn Al-Haytham optics in Latin
Paul Pietquin (Belgium), Lecturer at the University of Liege, Editorial Secretary of the Journal “Les Etudes Classiques”

The famous problem of Ibn Al-Haytham
Pierre Coullet (France), Director Emeritus of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Ibn Al-Haytham and the history of parallel postulate
Vincenzo De Risi (Germany), Research Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Perspectiva and perspective in the Renaissance
J. V. Field, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow School of History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck, University of London (United Kingdom)

11:00-12:45 | Session 6: History of Optics 2

Moderator: Vaseduvan Lakshminarayanan, University of Waterloo

Ibn Al-Haytham: Founder of Scientific Pluralism
Hassan Tahiri (Portugal)

The Scientific Method of Ibn al Haytham
Razaullah Ansari (India), Indian National Commission for History of Science Projects

A brief story of light
Mohamed Baghdadi (Morocco), Former Director of Theoretical Physics, University Rabat

Modern electron optics and the search for more light: the legacy of Ibn Al-Haytham
Mohamed El-Gomati (United Kingdom), Chairman of the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilisation

Medieval Arab Achievements in Optics
Sameen Ahmed Khan (Oman), Department of Mathematics and Sciences, College of Arts and Applied Sciences (CAAS) Dhofar University (Oman)

14:00-15:45 | Session 7: Impact of Light Science and Technology

Moderator: Mourad Zghal, Chair of the Tunisian Optical Society

Al Haytham's Influence on the Optics and Culture of Medieval Europe
Charles Falco (USA), Chair of Condensed Matter Physics

Ibn al Haytham: From Basra, Earth to the Gale Crater, Mars
Noureddine Melikechi, NASA Program Member (USA)

Stretching the limits of optics & imaging: Science and technology challenges
Bahaa Saleh, Dean of CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (USA)

Atomic-scale time with new light sources
Majed Chergui, École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland)

16:00-18:00 | Session 8: Optics and photonics in the Arab and Islamic world

Moderator: Azzedine Boudrioua, Chair of the Ibn Al-Haytham Working Group

Optics and Photonics Research in Lebanon: Key Figures, Ways Forward
Marie Abboud (Lebanon), Former Head of Physics Department, Saint Joseph University
2009 Laureate of the UNESCO-L'OREAL "For Women In Science" Award

Tunable luminescence of rare earth doped some yttrium-based phosphors
Nurdogan Can (Saudi Arabia), Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Jazan
Mohammad D. Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia), Associate Professor at the National Centre for Mathematics and Physics (NCMP) at the King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology
Selҫuk Aktürk (Turkey), Istanbul Technical University

Optics and Photonics in Algeria
Omar Lamrous (Algeria), Chair of the Algerian Optical and Photonics Society

Ibn Al-Haytham: 1000 years of optics
Mourad Zghal (Tunisia), Chair of the Tunisian Optical Society

18:00-19:00 | Round table discussion and concluding remarks