Catalogue Number: 3287
Optics after Newton. Theories of light in Britain and Ireland 1704-1840
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: CANTOR Geoffrey N
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1983
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Manchester, UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: Manchester University Press
Description Of Item: Original orange printed dust-wrapper with original protective overlaid cellophane, original brown imitation cloth hardback cover, 240 x 160 mm, 257 pages, 3 appendices, notes and bibliography and index, 21 black and white figures in text.
Historical Significance: Newton's Opticks was published in 1704. This book traces the historical evolution of ideas about the nature of light since that date. Later editions of Newton's Opticks were significantly altered in later editions and three competing theories of light are traced in the early chapters prior to the rise of the wave theory which was settled on about 1830 with the rise of the new style of science in the 19th century. The book focusses on writing in Britain and Ireland but of necessity also refers to writing and thoughts in the continental European countries.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: Mar 2017
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection