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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.
A reprint of the Bobbs-Merrill edition of 1965.
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.
Author Biography: Paul J. Olscamp is Distinguished Service Professor and President Emeritus, Western Washington University.
|Discourse on the Method for Rightly Directing One's Reason And Searching for Truth in the Sciences|
|First Discourse: Of Light||65|
|Second Discourse: Of Refraction||75|
|Third Discourse: Of the Eye||84|
|Fourth Discourse: Of the Senses in General||87|
|Fifth Discourse: Of the Images That Form on the Back of the Eye||91|
|Sixth Discourse: Of Vision||101|
|Seventh Discourse: Of the Means of Perfecting Vision||114|
|Eighth Discourse: Of the Shapes That Transparent Bodies Must Have in Order to Divert Rays Through Refraction in Every Way That Is Useful to Sight||127|
|Ninth Discourse: The Description of Telescopes||150|
|Tenth Discourse: Of the Method of Cutting Lenses||162|
|First Book: Of Problems That Can Be Constructed Using Only Circles and Straight Lines||177|
|Second Book: Of the Nature of Curved Lines||190|
|Third Book: Of the Construction of Solid and Supersolid Problems||228|
|First Discourse: Of the Nature of Terrestrial Bodies||263|
|Second Discourse: Of Vapors and Exhalations||269|
|Third Discourse: Of Salt||275|
|Fourth Discourse: Of Winds||287|
|Fifth Discourse: Of Clouds||298|
|Sixth Discourse: Of Snow, Rain, and Hail||307|
|Seventh Discourse: Of Storms, Lightning, and All Other Fires That Blaze in the Air||322|
|Eighth Discourse: Of the Rainbow||332|
|Ninth Discourse: Of the Color of Clouds, and the Circles or Coronas That We Sometimes See Around the Heavenly Bodies||346|
|Tenth Discourse: Of the Apparition of Several Suns||353|
|Original Index for the Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology||362|