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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 : Springer, 2004.
Series: Archimedes, 9.
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In 1690, Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) published Traité de la Lumière, containing his renowned wave theory of light. It is considered a landmark in seventeenth-century science, for the way Huygens mathematized the corpuscular nature of light and his probabilistic conception of natural knowledge. This book discusses the development of Huygens' wave theory, reconstructing the winding road that eventually led to  Read more...
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Dijksterhuis, Fokko Jan.
Lenses and waves : Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematical Science of Optics in the Seventeenth Century.
Dordrecht : Springer, ©2004
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis
ISBN: 9781402026980 1402026986 1280190698 9781280190698
OCLC Number: 701847044
Description: 1 online resource (296 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
'the perfect Cartesian'; Chapter 2 1653 --
'Tractatus'; 1655-1672-"De Aberratione"; The 'Projet' of 1672; 1677-1679 --
Waves of Light; 1690 --
Traité de la Lumière; Conclusion: Lenses & Waves.
Series Title: Archimedes, 9.

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In 1690, Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) published Traité de la Lumière, containing his renowned wave theory of light. It is considered a landmark in seventeenth-century science, for the way Huygens mathematized the corpuscular nature of light and his probabilistic conception of natural knowledge. This book discusses the development of Huygens' wave theory, reconstructing the winding road that eventually led to Traité de la Lumière. 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 t.

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