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    Opticks: Or a Treatise of the Reflections, Inflections, and Colours of Light (Great Minds Series) (Paperback) By (author) Sir Isaac Newton

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    DescriptionBefore Newton completed his masterpiece, The Principia Mathematica, he had established his reputation with this treatise on the properties of light. Though on a narrower topic, this work is as impressive in its own right as The Principia, for it provided a scientific analysis of light that became the basis of our modern understanding. Based on experiments in which a beam of light was passed through a prism, Newton showed that white light was complex and could be analyzed as a blend of the various colors of the spectrum. Divided into three books, the first describes his experiments with the spectrum. The second deals with the ring phenomenon, in which concentric rings of colors appear in the thin layer of air separating a lens and an underlying plate of glass. The third book describes his work on diffraction. Also discussed is Newton's theory that light consists basically of "material corpuscles" in motion. Though clearly intended for fellow scientists this classic monument of modern physics is surprisingly readable and understandable for nonspecialists.


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    Title
    Opticks
    Subtitle
    Or a Treatise of the Reflections, Inflections, and Colours of Light
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir Isaac Newton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 350
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781591020950
    ISBN 10: 1591020956
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.4
    BIC subject category V2: PHJ
    BISAC V2.8: SCI053000
    Abridged Dewey: 535
    DC22: 535
    B&T Approval Code: A53570000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QC353 .N53 2003, QC353 \.N5
    Thema V1.0: PD, PHJ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    01 August 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Amherst