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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.
Title: "On the optical properties of sulphuret of carbon, carbonate of barytes, and nitrate of potash, with inferences respecting the structure of doubly refracting crystals."
Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 7, .: 1815
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