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  • Vol. 55, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1965
  • pp: 1186–1188

Nature of Light

R. A. HOUSTOUN  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 55, Issue 9, pp. 1186-1188 (1965)

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R. A. HOUSTOUN, "Nature of Light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1186-1188 (1965)

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  1. According to Dr. Birch, who was secretary of the Royal Society, this history contains the most considerable of these papers communicated to the society wvhicli had not been published. In a letter which accompanied the paper, Newton states that it was done in haste, as can be seen by the scratching and underlining, and that it contains hypothleses, contrary to his usual custom, to make papers previously sent more intelligible. It would be interesting to know why it was not printed at the time. There is a four years' gap ill the "Transactions" starting from January 1678-9. but this paper would be well clear of that gap.
  2. Verdet's words are (Fresnel, Oeuvres, tome 1, p. 55): "Lorsqu'en 1854 I'auteur de cette introduction pris Argo de presenter à l'Academie des Sciences une Note sur les interferences de la lumière polarisée, Arago, tout en accucillant ce voeu avec une extrême bienveillance, lui dit formellementqu'a partir du moment on Fresnel avait par1é de vibrations transversales, il n'avait pu se décider a le suivre."
  3. E. T. Whittaker, History of the Theories of Aether and Electricity (Nelson, London, 1951).

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