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QC353 .N556 "Opticks: or, A treatise of the reflextions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light. Also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures."
"Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727."

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Sir Isaac Newton, 1642-1727. Opticks: or, A treatise of the reflextions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light. Also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London, Printed for Sam Smith, and Benj. Walford, 1704. First edition, first issue, title page in red and black within rules, 19 folding plates, tables.

Newton made an important discovery about the dispersion of light by proving that colors were not produced by the prism but were separated by it. He explained optical phenomena such as the rainbow and "Newton's rings" (concentric bright colorings) and used the quantitative method in experiments on diffraction. Newton did not accept Huygen's wave theory of light but still advocated the corpuscular theory. The two treatises in Latin at the end of the book advance Newton's claim as the discoverer of calculus and refute that of Leibniz.



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