Download e-book for iPad: A History of Optics from Greek Antiquity to the Nineteenth by Olivier Darrigol

By Olivier Darrigol

This booklet is a long term historical past of optics, from early Greek theories of imaginative and prescient to the nineteenth-century victory of the wave conception of sunshine. It indicates how gentle steadily grew to become the important entity of a site of physics that now not talked about the functioning of the attention; it retraces the next pageant among medium-based and corpuscular techniques of sunshine; and it information the nineteenth-century flourishing of mechanical ether theories. The author
critically exploits and infrequently completes the extra really expert histories that experience flourished some time past few years. The ensuing synthesis brings out the actors' long term reminiscence, their dependence on extensive cultural shifts, and the evolution of disciplinary divisions and connections. Conceptual precision,
textual concision, and ample representation make the booklet available to a large number of readers attracted to the origins of contemporary optics.

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