By A. Rupert Hall
Opticks, Newton's preferred e-book, is a posh paintings of genius and the fruit of 40 years of idea and research. Newton dedicated quite a few sessions of experimentation to this ultimate expression of his life's paintings and drew at the result of successive interactions with different scientists and thinkers. This creation to his publication disentangles the various layers of Newton's suggestion methods by way of his modern impacts, and info the advance of the ultimate textual content. It explains difficulties that arose from Newton's altering principles through the process the book's lengthy training, relating such arguable problems with the time because the options of atomism, strength, and the aether. the writer additionally appears intimately on the manner Newton has been interpreted either at domestic and in a foreign country. This readable, non-mathematical booklet serves as a superb creation to Newton and the nice fulfillment of Opticks and should fascinate scholars and common readers drawn to ordinary philosophy and the background of technology.
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Extra resources for All Was Light: An Introduction to Newton's Opticks
35). 141). 126, 154; P. T. ). However, the high popularity of a book may indicate an almost excessively happy suitability to its environment; that Opticks was very much a book of its time and nation, while the Principia mathematica is a work of timeless immortality belonging to all of numerate mankind, few will doubt. Unfortunately, as dates are seldom met with among the notes, the absolute dating and even the temporal order of the various records is far from certain. Its influence may be seen in the following note, for example: Colours arise either from shadows intermixed with light, or stronger & weaker reflection, or parts of the body mixed with & carried away by light.
Together, these theories accounted quantitatively for all manifestations of colour, save for those of diffraction, by which Newton was defeated in Book III. An especially interesting case occurs in Book I, Part I, Proposition 6. Upon this formal demonstration Newton comments: And this Demonstration being general, without determining what Light is, or by what kind of force it is refracted, or assuming any thing farther than that the refracting Body acts upon the Rays in Lines perpendicular to its Surface; I take it to be a very convincing Argument of the full Truth of this Proposition.
242–3). 244). Another nail driven into Hooke's coffin! 278). 280). Thus Newton left his readers with a purely phenomenalistic theory, admittedly of a quasimathematical character, which defied dynamical interpretation and of which he could offer no definite physical model. 35). 141). 126, 154; P. T. ). However, the high popularity of a book may indicate an almost excessively happy suitability to its environment; that Opticks was very much a book of its time and nation, while the Principia mathematica is a work of timeless immortality belonging to all of numerate mankind, few will doubt.