Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology / Edition 1

Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology / Edition 1

by Rene Descartes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0872205673

ISBN-13: 9780872205673

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.

This volume preserves the format in which Discourse on Method was originally published: as a preface to Descartes's writings on optics, geometry, and meteorology. In his introduction, Olscamp discusses the value of reading the Discourse alongside these three works, which sheds new light on Descartes’s method. Includes an updated bibliography.

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This volume preserves the format in which Discourse on Method was originally published: as a preface to Descartes's writings on optics, geometry, and meteorology. In his introduction, Olscamp discusses the value of reading the Discourse alongside these three works, which sheds new light on Descartes’s method. Includes an updated bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872205673
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
772,539
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Introduction
Selected Bibliography
Discourse on the Method for Rightly Directing One's Reason And Searching for Truth in the Sciences
Optics
First Discourse: Of Light65
Second Discourse: Of Refraction75
Third Discourse: Of the Eye84
Fourth Discourse: Of the Senses in General87
Fifth Discourse: Of the Images That Form on the Back of the Eye91
Sixth Discourse: Of Vision101
Seventh Discourse: Of the Means of Perfecting Vision114
Eighth Discourse: Of the Shapes That Transparent Bodies Must Have in Order to Divert Rays Through Refraction in Every Way That Is Useful to Sight127
Ninth Discourse: The Description of Telescopes150
Tenth Discourse: Of the Method of Cutting Lenses162
Geometry
First Book: Of Problems That Can Be Constructed Using Only Circles and Straight Lines177
Second Book: Of the Nature of Curved Lines190
Third Book: Of the Construction of Solid and Supersolid Problems228
Meteorology
First Discourse: Of the Nature of Terrestrial Bodies263
Second Discourse: Of Vapors and Exhalations269
Third Discourse: Of Salt275
Fourth Discourse: Of Winds287
Fifth Discourse: Of Clouds298
Sixth Discourse: Of Snow, Rain, and Hail307
Seventh Discourse: Of Storms, Lightning, and All Other Fires That Blaze in the Air322
Eighth Discourse: Of the Rainbow332
Ninth Discourse: Of the Color of Clouds, and the Circles or Coronas That We Sometimes See Around the Heavenly Bodies346
Tenth Discourse: Of the Apparition of Several Suns353
Original Index for the Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology362

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