The Burning Mirrors of Diocles: Reflections On the Methodology and Purpose of the History of Pre-Modern Science

In: Early Science and Medicine

Abstract

Much has been done on the publication of original sources in Arabic during the past 30 years, but much more remains to be done. Some of the recent multiple editions are unnecessary duplication of work and therefore waste of energy. This energy could be better spent on the publication of unpublished sources, and on studies involving the contextualization of Islamic sciences. Furthermore, historians of pre-modern science should work on the popularization of their wonderful subject. This exoteric work is as important as esoteric research, because the survival of the field depends on its image among various audiences outside the community of historians of science.

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