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Early advances on rays and refraction: a review through selected illustrations

Year: 2011

Authors: Molesini G.

Autors Affiliation: CNR-Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze

Abstract: Our acquaintance with rays and refraction is based on previous work carried out by scientists, practitioners, artisans, and optics users. Here a selection of illustrations from ancient books and documents is presented, testifying to the substantive development that took place at the turn of 1600. Achievements at the roots of our continuing advances in optical sciences are acknowledged.


Volume: 50 (12)      Pages from: 121704_1  to: 121704_6

More Information: Issue’s cover story.
Resume and recommendation appearing in “SPIE Professional Magazine”, Jan 2012 – Optics Research Highlights: “Illustrating optics roots”,
KeyWords: History of optics
DOI: 10.1117/1.3618001

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