Access to SPIE eBooks is limited to subscribing institutions. Access is not available as part of an individual subscription. However, books can be purchased on SPIE.Org
Chapter 9:
The Majesty of Newton
Author(s): D.J. Lovell
Published: 2004
DOI: 10.1117/3.2265065.ch9
By the middle of the Seventeenth Century, observations of most of the manifestations of light had been made. The refractive properties had been relegated to a mathematical formula. The finite velocity had been measured. Diffraction and double refraction had been observed, although neither was understood. Telescopes and microscopes were being constructed with a variety of designs. Moreover, these designs could be based upon knowledge of the passage of light through such systems. The use of these instruments enabled man to discern that the Copernican system made much more sense than a geocentric system.
Online access to SPIE eBooks is limited to subscribing institutions.

Back to Top