The Evolution of Eyeglasses

Applying the principles of optics to a basic human need required both imagination and skill.

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September-October 2013

Volume 101, Number 5
Page 334

DOI: 10.1511/2013.104.334

There is a good deal of scholarship by ophthalmologists— in addition to that done by historians of science, technology and medicine, and others—about the origins of eyeglasses and the evolution of their function and form. But the definitive work on their invention is considered to be that by Edward Rosen, a classicist turned historian of science. His life experiences were almost perfectly shaped to enable him to cut through the misinformation and pull together a comprehensive account of one of the most influential technologies.

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