Contributions of Early Arab Scholars to Color Science

TitleContributions of Early Arab Scholars to Color Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLakshminarayanan, V.
JournalLight in Nature Vi
PaginationUNSP 103670B
ISBN Number0277-786X; 978-1-5106-1192-4; 978-1-5106-1191-7

The Islamic world made important discoveries in the field of color science during the medieval era. These included many fundamental ideas on the nature of color. Some of the first hue scales, though partial were developed by these scholars. They also showed that color was a percept and light and color were ontologically distinct. Other contributions by these scholars include descriptions of the color mixtures, color tops, color theory, etc. A few of these contributions will be discussed in this paper with particular attention to the work of Ibn al-Haytham on color.