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

    ISBN-10: 0226078841
    ISBN-13: 9780226078847
    Author(s): Jed Z. Buchwald
    Description: "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  More...
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    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 498
    Size: 6.20" wide x 9.10" long x 1.30" tall
    Weight: 1.804
    Language: English

    "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

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Selectionism
    The Optical Ray
    The Concept of Polarization
    Arago and the Discovery of Chromatic Polarization
    Mobile Polarization
    Fresnel, Diffraction, and Polarization
    Fresnel's Ray Theory of Diffraction
    Huygen's Principle and the Wave Theory
    The Puzzle of Polarization
    Transverse Waves
    Controversy and Unification
    A Case of Mutual Misunderstanding
    Selectionists and Polarization after 1815
    Fresnel's Final Unification
    The Emerging Dominance of the Wave Theory
    Appendixes
    Notes
    References
    Name Index
    Subject Index

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