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Treatise on Light

Christiaan Huygens

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Genres:

Nature

Description:

Treatise on Light was published in 1690 and is probably the largest scientific volume on light published before Newton's Opticks. The book explains how light travels (i.e., that it has a certain velocity), and what happens when it hits a surface (refraction and reflection). A large portion of the book is devoted to the double refraction occurring in Iceland chrystal, and all drawn conclusions are proved geometrically. Christiaan Huygens (1629 - 1695) was a prominent physicist and astronomer. His main discoveries are the centrifugal force, collision laws for bodies and the argument that light consists of waves. He was a contemporary of Galilei and Descartes, and a member of the French Royal Society since 1663. (Summary by Availle)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

4h 43m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

09:28


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:33