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The rainbow from myth to mathematics.

Author: Carl B Boyer
Publisher: New York, T. Yoseloff [1959]
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Virtually every volume on mythology contains legends connected with the rainbow and practically all modern textbooks of physics include some exposition of the optical principles which account for the bow. Mankind has been thinking, talking and writing about the rainbow for thousands of years. The Rainbow: from Myth to Mathematics gathers material from a great number of primary and secondary sources in the hopes that  Read more...
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Boyer, Carl B. (Carl Benjamin), 1906-1976.
Rainbow from myth to mathematics.
New York, T. Yoseloff [1959]
(OCoLC)607909475
Online version:
Boyer, Carl B. (Carl Benjamin), 1906-1976.
Rainbow from myth to mathematics.
New York, T. Yoseloff [1959]
(OCoLC)609112158
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl B Boyer
OCLC Number: 538512
Description: 376 pages illustrations 26 cm
Contents: The beginnings --
Greece and Rome --
The earlier Middle Ages --
European revival --
Medieval triumph and decline --
The Sixteenth Century --
Kepler and his contemporaries --
The Cartesian theory and its reception --
The age of Newton --
A new theory --
The mathematician's rainbow.

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Virtually every volume on mythology contains legends connected with the rainbow and practically all modern textbooks of physics include some exposition of the optical principles which account for the bow. Mankind has been thinking, talking and writing about the rainbow for thousands of years. The Rainbow: from Myth to Mathematics gathers material from a great number of primary and secondary sources in the hopes that readers may be tempted to study further some aspects of the history of the theory of the rainbow. Includes information on Aristotle, Francis Bacon, the Christian tradition, color, Rene, Descartes, fogbow, Augustin Fresnel, Galileo Galilei, halo, Islamic tradition, Jesuits, Johann Kepler, nature of light, mirrors, Sir Isaac Newton, Olympiodorus, physics, rainbow breadth, reflection, refraction, Robert Grosseteste, Themo Judoci, Witelo, etc.

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