Opticks by Isaac Newton
Or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections, and Colors of Light

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Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) is without a doubt one of the most well-known and influential scientists in history; he made incalculable contributions to the fields of physics, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and theology. From 1670 to 1672, Newton lectured on optics while developing his theory of color. This led to his invention of the refracting telescope in 1672, which would correct chromatic aberration in the traditional refracting telescope, and so impressed the Royal Society that they encouraged him to publish his work. "Opticks" was Newton's second major contribution in this field, and offered new insights into the nature of color, light, and the phenomena of diffraction. The book also includes Newton's Queries, which address a wide range of physical phenomena, include the nature and transmission of heat, the possible cause of gravity, electrical phenomena, chemical action, and ethics of both science and human conduct.
 

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I. Bernard Cohen (1914-2003) was Victor S. Thomas Professor (Emeritus) of the History of Science at Harvard University. Among his recent books are "Benjamin Franklin's Science" (1996), "Interactions" (1994), and "Science and the Founding Fathers" (1992). Anne Whitman was coeditor (with I. Bernard Cohen and Alexander Koyre) of the Latin edition, with variant readings, of the "Principia" (1972). Julia Budenz, author of "From the Gardens of Flora Baum" (1984), is a multilingual classicist and poet.
 
Published October 22, 2011 by Digireads.com. 174 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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