Conclusion: A Reassessment

Yaakov Zik, Giora Hon

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The optical works of Giambattista Della Porta (ca. 1535-1615) have mostly received mixed if not negative appraisals in the historiography of early modern optics. However, these optical studies contained significant contributions to the understanding of the functioning of optical elements. The articles comprising this volume assess the epistemological background, merits, and failures of Della Porta’s scholarship in a critical yet balanced way. The novel insights thus obtained may facilitate further studies aimed at redressing Della Porta's optics and the impact he had on contemporaries and successors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchimedes
EditorsA. Borrelli, G. Hon, Y. Zik
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1385-0180
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0064

Bibliographical note

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  • Glass Sphere
  • Negative Appraisal
  • Optical Element
  • Optical Phenomenon
  • Visual Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy


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