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Lenses and waves : Christiaan Huygens and the mathematical science of optics in the seventeenth century

Author: Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis
Publisher: Dordrecht : Kluwer, 2004.
Series: Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands), v. 9.
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"This book discusses the development of Christiaan Huygens' wave theory, reconstructing the winding road that eventually led to Trade de la Lumiere. For the first time, the full range of manuscript sources is taken into account. In addition, the development of Huygens' thinking on the nature of light is put in the context of his optics as a whole, which was dominated by his lifelong pursuit of theoretical and  Read more...
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Dijksterhuis, Fokko Jan.
Lenses and waves.
Dordrecht : Kluwer, 2004
(OCoLC)56533625
Named Person: Christiaan Huygens; Christiaan Huygens; Christiaan Huygens
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis
ISBN: 1402026986 9781402026980 1402026978 9781402026973
OCLC Number: 58655129
Notes: Dissertation.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 287 pages) : fig.
Contents: COVER --
TABLE OF CONTENTS --
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION ... 'THE PERFECT CARTESIAN' --
A history of Traité de la Lumière --
Huygens' optics --
New light on Huygens --
CHAPTER 2 1653 --
'TRACTATUS' --
2.1 The Tractatus of 1653 --
2.2 Dioptrics and the telescope --
CHAPTER 3 1655-1672 --
'DE ABERRATIONE' --
3.1 The use of theory --
3.2 Dealing with aberrations --
3.3 Dioptrica in the context of Huygens' mathematical science --
CHAPTER 4 THE 'PROJET' OF 1672 --
4.1 The nature of light and the laws of optics --
4.2 The mathematics of strange refraction --
CHAPTER 5 1677-1679 --
WAVES OF LIGHT --
5.1 A new theory of waves --
5.2 Comprehensible explanations --
5.3 A second EUPHKA --
CHAPTER 6 1690 --
TRAITÉ DE LA LUMIÈRE --
6.1 Creating Traité de la Lumière --
6.2 Traité de la Lumière and the advent of physical optics --
6.3 Traité de la Lumière and Huygens' oeuvre --
CHAPTER 7 CONCLUSION: LENSES & WAVES --
A seventeenth-century Archimedes --
From mathematics to mechanisms --
Huygens and Descartes --
The small Archimedes --
LIST OF FIGURES --
BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Series Title: Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands), v. 9.
Responsibility: by Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis.
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