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Conclusion

Theresa Levitt

in The Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199544707
eISBN:
9780191720178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544707.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter draws together conclusions from the narratives from the main chapters of the book and summarizes the advances in light and optics that occurred in the first half of the 19th century in ... More


Alternative visions

Marco Piccolino and Nicholas J. Wade

in Galileo's Visions: Piercing the spheres of the heavens by eye and mind

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199554355
eISBN:
9780191766978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554355.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Vision

Between 1604 and 1611 Johannes Kepler published two fundamental works laying the foundation for modern physiological optics. However, Galileo continued in his adherence to old theories of vision ... More


The diffraction of light

Christopher Hammond

in The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198738671
eISBN:
9780191801938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738671.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Crystallography, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

Chapter 7 starts by providing some simple observations of light diffraction—the reciprocal relation between the diffracting object and diffraction pattern. It then looks at the nature of light as ... More


Early Years as a Natural Philosopher: 1800–1802

Melvyn C. Usselman

in Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226245737
eISBN:
9780226245874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226245874.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes W. H. Wollaston’s introduction to the Royal Society and its dining club, together with his association with Humphry Davy and Thomas Young. Wollaston’s intellectual emphasis on ... More


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