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Geometrical Optics : An Introduction to Hamilton's Method - J. L. Synge

Geometrical Optics

An Introduction to Hamilton's Method

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Published: 3rd March 1937
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It is by no means easy for the applied mathematician to decide how much importance he should attach to the more abstract and aesthetic side of his work and how much to the detailed applications to physics, astronomy, engineering or the design of instruments. To all appearances, Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1850-1865) attached little importance to the practical applications of his method, and it was only with the publication of his Mathematical Papers that it was possible to form a more correct and balanced judgement of Hamilton as an applied mathematician. Great indeed was the labour which he employed with a view to applying his method to the design of optical instruments, but for him the abstract wand aesthetic side of his work was of so much greater public importance than its practical use that the details of application remained unpublished till long after her death and long after other workers had discovered equivalent processes.

Preface
Bibliography
The principles of geometrical optics for ordinary media
The characteristic functions fro instruments formed of ordinary media
The bundles of rays
The instrument of revolution
Heterogeneous isotropic media
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ISBN: 9780521065900
ISBN-10: 0521065909
Series: Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 3rd March 1937
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.74
Weight (kg): 0.17