This volume deals with the history of optics in the IXth century as well as the transmission of Greek optics in Arabic. It contains the
editio princeps and a French translation of the first books written in Arabic on optics and catoptrics, namely, the book
On Rays and
Rectification of Euclid's Optics, and other treatises written by philosopher and scientist Abū Ishāq al-Kindī. It also contains a new edition and French translation of
Liber de causis diversitatum aspectus of al-Kindī.
This second volume of
Oeuvres philosophiques et scientifiques d'al-Kindī deals with the first metaphysical and cosmological writings in Islamic philosophy. It contains a new critical edition and French translation of six treatises due to al-Kindī, all devoted to these matters. It also contains fragments quoted by the Philosopher's successors. All those writings, rigorously edited and translated, brought together point out the true conception of philosophy of al-Kindī, philosopher and mathematician.