Important Dates in Vision Science A Chronological History of Vision Research: 1600-1960 Introduction There are many well known accounts of the history of visual science (some references are given below) but it seems hard to find a simple chronological listing of major events. Sometimes such a list can be helpful in gaining a quick historical perspective. This note presents a chronology listing 133 significant events between 1600 and 1960. In addition, for completeness sake, there is a brief preliminary section that sketches the history of visual science before 1600. All of this material is based on standard secondary sources: the author is not a specialist in the history of science, and the object here is not to contribute anything new to the history of vision research but rather simply to collate material already scattered throughout the literature--though of course the choice of "significant" events is idiosyncratic. Comments as to the accuracy and importance of the events listed will be very welcome, as will additions to the list. Please send email to Jack Yellott ([email protected]). Visual Science Before 1600Thanks & References Chronology: 1600-1960 •1604oKepler's Ad Vitellionem Paralipomena: First explanation of the optics of the eye. •1610oGalileo publishes the Siderial Messenger.First scientific look at the sky through a telescope. •1611oKepler's Dioptrice: First explanation of the optics of myopia. Projection theory of stereoscopic vision. •1619
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