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History of mirrors dating back 8000 years.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17041324     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to consider the ancient history and early development of mirrors, because mirrors played a key role in refraction and magnification for an extended period of time before the invention of spectacles, including broad use in Roman times.
FINDINGS: The earliest known manufactured mirrors (approximately 8000 years old) have been found in Anatolia (south central modern-day Turkey). These were made from obsidian (volcanic glass), had a convex surface and remarkably good optical quality. Mirrors from more recent periods have been found both in Egypt and Mesopotamia and still later in China and in the New World. In each of these areas, mirrors were in use by approximately 2000 BC or 4000 years ago.
Jay M Enoch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1040-5488     ISO Abbreviation:  Optom Vis Sci     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-16     Completed Date:  2006-11-30     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904931     Medline TA:  Optom Vis Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  775-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Optometry, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720-2020, USA.
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MeSH Terms
History, Ancient
History, Medieval
Optics and Photonics / history*

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