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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: 0226078868

ISBN-13: 9780226078861

Pub. Date: 03/28/1989

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Jed Z. Buchwald presents a new history of the fundamental changes in optical theory at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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Jed Z. Buchwald presents a new history of the fundamental changes in optical theory at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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ISBN-13:
9780226078861
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
498
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.20(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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