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In addition to examining the obstacles man faced in his search to determine the nature of light, one naturally inquires if some pattern exists whereby we can identify the men who made significant contributions to optics. Did they do their work in their younger years? Did they generally have extensive educations? Were their lives free (or full) of outside pressures such as political entanglements, religious bigotry, or pestilence? Were they liberal or conservative in their outlook? Were they emotionally stable? Indeed, can one categorize these men who made substantial improvements in our knowledge of optics by any other attribute?
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