Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology

ISBN-10: 0872205673

ISBN-13: 9780872205673

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

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This volume preserves the format in which Discourse on Method was originally published: as a preface to Descartes's writings on optics, geometry, and meteorology. In his introduction, Olscamp discusses the value of reading the Discourse alongside these three works, which sheds new light on Descartes's method. Includes an updated bibliography. A reprint of the Bobbs-Merrill edition of 1965.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Translator's Preface
Introduction
Selected Bibliography
Discourse on the Method for Rightly Directing One's Reason And Searching for Truth in the Sciences
Optics
First Discourse: Of Lightp. 65
Second Discourse: Of Refractionp. 75
Third Discourse: Of the Eyep. 84
Fourth Discourse: Of the Senses in Generalp. 87
Fifth Discourse: Of the Images That Form on the Back of the Eyep. 91
Sixth Discourse: Of Visionp. 101
Seventh Discourse: Of the Means of Perfecting Visionp. 114
Eighth Discourse: Of the Shapes That Transparent Bodies Must Have in Order to Divert Rays Through Refraction in Every Way That Is Useful to Sightp. 127
Ninth Discourse: The Description of Telescopesp. 150
Tenth Discourse: Of the Method of Cutting Lensesp. 162
Geometry
First Book: Of Problems That Can Be Constructed Using Only Circles and Straight Linesp. 177
Second Book: Of the Nature of Curved Linesp. 190
Third Book: Of the Construction of Solid and Supersolid Problemsp. 228
Meteorology
First Discourse: Of the Nature of Terrestrial Bodiesp. 263
Second Discourse: Of Vapors and Exhalationsp. 269
Third Discourse: Of Saltp. 275
Fourth Discourse: Of Windsp. 287
Fifth Discourse: Of Cloudsp. 298
Sixth Discourse: Of Snow, Rain, and Hailp. 307
Seventh Discourse: Of Storms, Lightning, and All Other Fires That Blaze in the Airp. 322
Eighth Discourse: Of the Rainbowp. 332
Ninth Discourse: Of the Color of Clouds, and the Circles or Coronas That We Sometimes See Around the Heavenly Bodiesp. 346
Tenth Discourse: Of the Apparition of Several Sunsp. 353
Original Index for the Optics, Geometry, and Meteorologyp. 362
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