A History of Optics from Greek Antiquity to the Nineteenth by Olivier Darrigol

By Olivier Darrigol

This publication 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 mild steadily turned the crucial entity of a site of physics that now not pointed out the functioning of the attention; it retraces the following festival among medium-based and corpuscular strategies 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 long ago few years. The ensuing synthesis brings out the actors' long term reminiscence, their dependence on vast cultural shifts, and the evolution of disciplinary divisions and connections. Conceptual precision,
textual concision, and plentiful representation make the e-book obtainable to a wide number of readers attracted to the origins of contemporary optics.

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