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Optics after Newton : theories of light in Britain and Ireland, 1704-1840 (scarce) / Geoffrey Cantor

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This book is in very good condition. The blackcloth board is fine and the dust jacket is clean and bright, but the spine is sunned. The book is not price clipped. The text is clean and unmarked, and there is no foxing or fading.

"What is light? According to the standard historical account eighteenth-century writers would have considered this an uncontentious question, to be answered simply by reference to the passage of the 'Opticks' in which Newton suggested that it consisted of small particles emitted from a luminous body. A closer examination of British natural philosophy shows that not only did subsequent writers considerably modify Newton's views in the contexts of both research and teaching but there were also many adherents of theories radically opposed to Newton's. These divergent theories of light are interpreted in terms of the differing styles of natural philosophy practised in eighteenth-century Britain.
Geoffret Cantor provides a novel interpretation of the work of Thomas Young and the response of his critics in the early nineteenth century. Two decades later British optics was radically affected by the importation of Fresnel's wave theory and some new mathematical tools, which culminated in a new style of optical theorising associated principally with physicists at Cambridge and Dublin. The book concludes with a broad-based analysis of the optical 'revolution' of the 1830s, when the wave theory was accepted by most physicists. This new interpretation of British optical theories well appeal to historians and philosophers of science and their students, physicists concerned with the history of their subject and historians of the'Georgian' period."

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Author(s):
Geoffrey Cantor
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
16 x 24 x 2.5 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0719009383
ISBN-13:
9780719009389
Number of pages:
257
Publisher:
Manchester University Press (1983)
Title:
Optics after Newton

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This book is in very good condition. The blackcloth board is fine and the dust jacket is clean and bright, but the spine is sunned. The book is not price clipped. The text is clean and unmarked, and there is no foxing or fading.

"What is light? According to the standard historical account eighteenth-century writers would have considered this an uncontentious question, to be answered simply by reference to the passage of the 'Opticks' in which Newton suggested that it consisted of small particles emitted from a luminous body. A closer examination of British natural philosophy shows that not only did subsequent writers considerably modify Newton's views in the contexts of both research and teaching but there were also many adherents of theories radically opposed to Newton's. These divergent theories of light are interpreted in terms of the differing styles of natural philosophy practised in eighteenth-century Britain.
Geoffret Cantor provides a novel interpretation of the work of Thomas Young and the response of his critics in the early nineteenth century. Two decades later British optics was radically affected by the importation of Fresnel's wave theory and some new mathematical tools, which culminated in a new style of optical theorising associated principally with physicists at Cambridge and Dublin. The book concludes with a broad-based analysis of the optical 'revolution' of the 1830s, when the wave theory was accepted by most physicists. This new interpretation of British optical theories well appeal to historians and philosophers of science and their students, physicists concerned with the history of their subject and historians of the'Georgian' period."

Author(s):
Geoffrey Cantor
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
16 x 24 x 2.5 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0719009383
ISBN-13:
9780719009389
Number of pages:
257
Publisher:
Manchester University Press (1983)
Title:
Optics after Newton

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