This book is a long-term history of optics, from early Greek theories of vision to the nineteenth-century victory of the wave theory of light. It shows how light gradually became the central entity of a domain of physics that no longer referred to the functioning of the eye; it retraces the subsequent competition between medium-based and corpuscular concepts of light; and it details the nineteenth-century flourishing of mechanical ether theories. The author critically exploits and sometimes completes the more specialized histories that have flourished in the past few years. The resulting synthesis brings out the actors' long-term memory, their dependence on broad cultural shifts, and the evolution of disciplinary divisions and connections. Conceptual precision, textual concision, and abundant illustration make the book accessible to a broad variety of readers interested in the origins of modern optics.
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Although aimed at historians of science, anyone with an interest in optics will benefit from this book. Like any serious history of science, the author recounts a multifaceted story of inspired reasoning, imperfect empirical support, skill, confusion, rhetoric, failure to cite contemporary work, priority disputes, and the weight of authority. ( Peter Holland, Oxford university, Contemporary Science)
Olivier Darrigol is one of the foremost and most productive historians of physics today. His books and articles cover a broad chronological period and are distinguished by their enormous scientific, historical, and philosophical sophistication. This book is no exception. ( Roger H. Stuewer, University of Minnesota, USA)
An engaging and accomplished history that bridges the gap between narrow research and popular treatments. ( Sean F. Johnston, University of Glasgow)
This highly recommended book is rigorous in its physics and mathematics and totally enjoyable to read. ( Barry R. Masters, Optics & Photonics News)
Olivier Darrigol is Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, where he has been a researcher since 1983. He won the Marc-Auguste Pictet prize of the Société de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle de Genève in 2000 and the Grammaticakis-Neumann prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2004.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Oxford University Press, 2012. 344p. Hardback. In this impressive new book Olivier Darrigol, Director of Research at the eminent Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, charts the complex and by no means linear development of optical theories from the pre-Socratics to just before the advent of quantum theory. Darrigol is a sure-footed guide as he displays a close acquaintance with the sources and supplies helpful quotations and an abundance of visual illustrations. . He has written an impressive account of the history of optics and one that deserves to be read both by historians of science and by practicing physicists. Geoffrey Cantor, American Journal of Physics 2013 |a 10/08/2015 (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Codice libro della libreria 42027
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