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1 AITKEN, Robert. Ultra-Violet Radiations and their Uses.
Edinburgh & London: Oliver and Boyd, 1930. 1930 
8vo. xv, 208 pp. 15 illus., bibliog., index; short tear upper margin of title-page. Original blue cloth, blind-stamped cover title, gilt-stamped spine title. Ex library bookplate, rubber stamps, including Andrew M. Davidson, rear pocket removed. Very good. 
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2 ARNALDI DE VILLANOVA & JOHANNIS DE CASO. Collectio Ophtalmologica Veterum Auctorum, Fasc. 1. Edited by P. Pansier.
[Photocopied facsimile]. [no date]. 
8vo. 221 pp. Navy blue cloth, gilt-stamped spine; spine slightly dented, rear cover a bit scuffed. Very good. Facsimile of an original copy (Paris: Librairie J.-B. Baillière, 1903) housed in the British Museum. 
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3 BADGER, Richard M. "Two Devices Facilitating Spectrometry in the Far Infrared."
Reprint from: Journal of the Optical Society of America and Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 15, no. 6, Dec. 1927. 1927 
8vo. 370-373 pp. Figs. Wrappers. Fine. 
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4 BLOEMBERGEN, Nicolaas (b. 1920). Reflections on light.
Bangalore: Raman Research Institute, 1979. 1979 
Gandhi Memorial Lecture Series. 262 x 180 mm. 8vo. [ii], 12 pp. Printed wrappers. Ms. notation on top cover. From the library of Abraham Pais. Very good. Nicolaas Bloembergen was Rumford Professor of Physics at Harvard University. Bloembergen shared the 1981 Nobel Prize for Physics with Arthur L. Schawlow (b. 1921) "for their contribution to the development of laser spectroscopy." Wasson, Nobel Prize winners, pp. 106-108. 
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Pierre Bouguer's Optical Treatise on the Gradation of Light. Translated, with Introduction and Notes by W.E. Knowles Middleton., BOUGUER, Pierre.
5 BOUGUER, Pierre. Pierre Bouguer's Optical Treatise on the Gradation of Light. Translated, with Introduction and Notes by W.E. Knowles Middleton.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, (1961). 1961 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. xiv, 248 pp. Frontis., illustrations, tables. Blue cloth, silver stamped spine title, dust-jacket; jacket worn. Burndy bookplate. Very good. First Edition. 
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6 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "Description of a new darkening glass for solar observations, which has also the property of polarising the whole of the transmitted light."
Extracted from: The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818]. 1818 
287 x 225 mm. 4to. Pages (25)-29. 1 fig. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 226. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. 
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7 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On a new series of periodical colours produced by the grooved surfaces of metallic and transparent bodies."
Extracted from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 119, [1829]. 1829 
279 x 223 mm. 4to. Pages 301-316. 4 figs. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 450. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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8 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On a remarkable property of the diamond." with: "On the phenomena of thin plates of solid and fluid substances exposed to polarized light."
Extracted from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 131, [1841]. 1841 
288 x 224 mm. 4to. Pages 41-42; 43-58. 1 engraved plate (second article). Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITIONS. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 748; 751. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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9 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On new properties of heat, as exhibited in its propagation along plates of glass."
Extracted from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 106, [1816]. 1816 
260 x 202 mm. 4to. Pages 45-114. 1 table, 4 engraved plates. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 205. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. 
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10 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the action of transparent bodies upon the differently coloured rays of light."
Extracted from: The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818]. 1818 
287 x 225 mm. 4to. Pages (1)-23. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 225. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. 
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11 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the affections of light transmitted through crystallized bodies."
Extracted from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 104, [1814]. 1814 
263 x 214 mm. 4to. Pages 187-218. 3 engraved plates; first and last leaves browned, brittle, extremities chipped, plates lightly browned. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 188. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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12 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the connexion between the phenomena of the absorption of light, and the colours of thin plates."
Extracted from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 127, [1837]. 1837 
272 x 220 mm. 4to. Pages 245-252. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 691. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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13 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the effects of compression and dilatation in altering the polarising structure of doubly refracting crystals."
Extracted from: The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818]. 1818 
284 x 224 mm. 4to. Pages (281)-286. 1 table. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 229. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. 
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14 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the laws which regulate the distribution of the polarising force in plates, tubes, and cylinders of glass, that have received the polarising structure."
Extracted from: The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818]. 1818 
287 x 228 mm. 4to. Pages (353)-372. 1 engraved plate. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. This paper contains one of many statements of Brewster's most famous law; Brewster's law, which connects refractive index with angle of polarization. In this paper Brewster described for the first time a teinometer, an instrument designed to ascertain the elasticity of bodies. See: Cantor, "Brewster on the nature of light," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', p. 69; Morrison-Low, "Brewster and scientific instruments," in Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', p. 59. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 230. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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15 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the optical properties of muriate of soda, fluate of lime, and the diamond, as exhibited in their action upon polarised light." with: "On a new optical and mineralogical property of calcareous spar."
Extracted from: The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818]. 1818 
281 x 226 mm. 4to. Pages (157)-164; (165)-169. 1 engraved plate. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. In late 1815 Brewster published his recognition that Biot and Laplace had elaborated force theories to account for double refraction. In this second paper, Brewster promulgated his discovery that heat and mechanical stress could produce double refraction in glass. Thus, the application of external pressure could realign the forces internal to a piece of glass. Force, to Brewster, seemed responsible for light-matter interaction. See: Cantor, "Brewster on the nature of light," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', p. 69. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 227; 228. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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16 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the optical properties of sulphuret of carbon, carbonate of barytes, and nitrate of potash, with inferences respecting the structure of doubly refracting crystals."
Extracted from: The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 7, [1815]. 1815 
287 x 228 mm. 4to. Pages (285)-302. Tables; occasional foxing. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Brewster parted company with Newton and the traditional projectile theory of light by rejecting a central role for short-range forces in accounting for inflection. His optical research was directed to discovering the interaction of light and different forms of matter. From the start of his research career these interactions were conceived in terms of particles and forces and his subsequent experience only increased his commitment to this paradigm. His important work on polarization and double refraction was largely conceived in terms of differential forces acting on the ordinary and extraordinary rays. Moreover, his commitment to the corpuscular nature of light drew considerable strength from chemistry since he firmly believed that it would be "by the alliance ... of Chemistry with Optics, that great revolutions are yet to be effected in Physics." See page 286 of this article. See: Cantor, "Brewster on the nature of light," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', p. 71. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 196. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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17 BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868). "On the reflection and decomposition of light at the separating surfaces of media of the same and of different refractive powers."
Extracted from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 119, [1829]. 1829 
272 x 220 mm. 4to. Pages 187-205. 6 figs., 1 table. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 446. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. 
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18 BUCHWALD, Jed Z. The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light, Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century.
Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, (1989). 1989 0226078868 / 9780226078861 
8vo. xxiv, 474 pp. Diagrams, figures, index. Printed wrappers. Near fine. [br] "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. Contents: Part 1 – Selectionism ; 1. The Optical Ray ; 2. The Concept of Polarization ; 3. Arago and the Discovery of Chromatic Polarization ; 4. Mobile Polarization ; Part 2 - Fresnel, Diffraction, and Polarization ; 5. Fresnel's Ray Theory of Diffraction ; 6. Huygen's Principle and the Wave Theory ; 7. The Puzzle of Polarization ; 8. Transverse Waves ; Part 3 - Controversy and Unification ; 9. A Case of Mutual Misunderstanding ; 10. Selectionists and Polarization after 1815 ; 11. Fresnel's Final Unification ; 12. The Emerging Dominance of the Wave Theory. Jed Z. Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at California Institute of Technology. He was previously director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ISBN: 0226078868 
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19 CHAUMONT, Louis. Recherches expérimentales sur le phénomène électro-optique de Kerr et sur les méthodes servant a l'étude de la lumière polarisée elliptiquement.
Paris: Gauthier-Villars et Cie, 1914. 1914 
At head of title: Thèses présentées a la faculté des sciences de Paris ... 8vo. 212 pp. Figs. Brown cloth. Ex-Carnegie. SCARCE. 
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20 COLUBI LOPEZ, Mariano. "Leyes Fisicas Versus Leyes Experimentales: el intercambio de información entre Brewster y Biot acerca de la relación entre las leyes de doble refracción y la repolarización (1813-1819)."
Within: Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas, 1998. 1998 
ISSN 0210-8615, Vol. 21, Nº 41, Article pages 357-386. Full issue: 333-599 pp. Illus. Original printed wrappers; rear leaves and cover creased. Good +. Deals with the polarization of light theories in England from 1800-1820. In particular Brewster and Biot and their exchanges are looked at with regard to their interests in experimental and physical law. Additional articles are on psychiatry and V. Magnan or B.A. Morel; Lopez-Sanchez on Aztecs, Mayas and Incas; Patricia Radelet-de Grave on Lagrange's Mécanique analytique; and Alejandro Ricart Cabús on the pyramids of Egypt. 
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