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The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light : Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century - Jed Z. Buchwald

The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light

Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century

Paperback Published: 1st January 1989
ISBN: 9780226078861
Number Of Pages: 498

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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"

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Selectionism
The Optical Ray
The Concept of Polarization
Arago and the Discovery of Chromatic Polarization
Mobile Polarization
Fresnel, Diffraction, and Polarization
Fresnel's Ray Theory of Diffraction
Huygen's Principle and the Wave Theory
The Puzzle of Polarization
Transverse Waves
Controversy and Unification
A Case of Mutual Misunderstanding
Selectionists and Polarization after 1815
Fresnel's Final Unification
The Emerging Dominance of the Wave Theory
Appendixes
Notes
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780226078861
ISBN-10: 0226078868
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 1st January 1989
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.68

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