The nature of light, with a general account of physical optics

Catalogue Number: 46
The nature of light, with a general account of physical optics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: LOMMEL, Eugene
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1875
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Henry S. King & Co.
Description Of Item: The book is hard cover, orig red decorated cloth; 193 x 125 mm, 356 pages including an index. This is followed by 48 pages of the publishers catalogue. The front cover imprint shows that the book is in the "international Scientific Series". This book is probably the 15th in this publishers series (See Works already published in the series before the title page) The book gives an account of optics in 25 Chapters with as little mathematics as possible. Where the mathematics is important there is a mathematical appendix to the chapter.There are 188 illustrations and a coloured plate of spectra. Two copies. The second copy is cat no 290
Historical Significance: Eugene Cornelius Joseph von Lommel (1837-1899) was a German physicist. He is notable for the Lommel polynomial and Lommel function. From 1860 to 1865 he was teacher of physics and chemistry at the canton school of Schwyz. From 1865 to 1867 he taught at the high school in Zurich and was simultaneously Privatdozent at the local university as well as at the polytechnic school. From 1867 to 1868, he was appointed professor of physics at the Akademie Hohenheim. Finally he was appointed to a chair of experimental physics in 1868 and then went to Munich in 1886, where he died in 1899. Copy 2 is located Archive room. East wall. Books of historical significance
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 1989
Condition: Copy 1 fair; Copy 2 fair
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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