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

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Overview

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.

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Descartes (1596-1650) intended the four books to be read together, the three on specific subjects demonstrating the methods he describes, but they have generally been studied separately since their first publication. Olscamp (Western Washington U.) brings them back together in a corrected version of his 1963 translation, published by Bobbs- Merrill. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872205673
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Olscamp is Distinguished Service Professor and President Emeritus, Western Washington University.

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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 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
Geometry
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
Meteorology
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
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