The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light: Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century

The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light: Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century

by Jed Z. Buchwald
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226078841

ISBN-13: 9780226078847

Pub. Date: 01/28/1989

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"No one interested in the history of optics, the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century physics, or the general phenomenon of theory change in science can afford to ignore Jed Buchwald's well-structured, highly detailed, and scrupulously researched book. . . . Buchwald's analysis will surely constitute the essential starting point for further work on this

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"No one interested in the history of optics, the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century physics, or the general phenomenon of theory change in science can afford to ignore Jed Buchwald's well-structured, highly detailed, and scrupulously researched book. . . . Buchwald's analysis will surely constitute the essential starting point for further work on this important and hitherto relatively neglected episode of theory change."—John Worrall, Isis

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ISBN-13:
9780226078847
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/1989
Series:
New Plan Texts at the University of Chicago Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
498
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.33(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part 1 - Selectionism
1. The Optical Ray
2. The Concept of Polarization
3. Arago and the Discovery of Chromatic Polarization
4. Mobile Polarization
Part 2 - Fresnel, Diffraction, and Polarization
5. Fresnel's Ray Theory of Diffraction
6. Huygen's Principle and the Wave Theory
7. The Puzzle of Polarization
8. Transverse Waves
Part 3 - Controversy and Unification
9. A Case of Mutual Misunderstanding
10. Selectionists and Polarization after 1815
11. Fresnel's Final Unification
12. The Emerging Dominance of the Wave Theory
Appendixes
Notes
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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