The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light: Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1989 - Science - 474 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Theory
6
The Concept of Polarization
41
Arago and the Discovery of Chromatic Polarization
67
Mobile Polarization
86
Fresnels Ray Theory of Diffraction
111
A Case of Mutual Misunderstanding
237
Selectionists and Polarization after 1815
252
Fresnels Final Unification
260
Appendixes
311
Notes
423
References
457
Name Index
469
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Jed Z. Buchwald is associate professor in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of From Maxwell to Microphysics, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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