Events and Trends[edit | edit source]
- Canute invades England. He and Edmund II divide the country; after Edmund's death he becomes sole king.
- Bulgaria becomes part of the Byzantine Empire (1018).
- Rajendra Chola I, son of the illustrious Rajaraja Chola I The Great, became the Chola Emperor. There is confusion on the exact date. According to Professor Kielhorn it is between 27 March and 7 July.
- Ibn al-Haytham (Alhacen) writes his influential Book of Optics, which marks the beginning of the experimental scientific method, drastically transforms the understanding of light and vision, introduces the fields of visual perception, psychophysics, and experimental psychology, and first describes the camera obscura.
Significant people[edit | edit source]
- Abu al-Qasim (Abulcasis)
- Abu Nasr Mansur
- Abu Rayhan al-Biruni
- Alhacen (Ibn al-Haytham)
- Avicenna (Ibn Sina)
- Basil II
- Boleslaus I
- Fujiwara no Michinaga
- Henry II
- Malcolm II of Scotland
- Sweyn I
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