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A New Theory of Light

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by David Lee, Oct 5, 2006.

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  1. David Lee

    David Lee Guest

    No - not another paper by Ajay Sharma!

    "A Letter of Mr Isaac Newton, Professor of Mathematicks in the University of
    Cambridge; containing his New Theory about Light and Colors"

    With the classic introduction: "... I procured me a Triangular glas-Prisme,
    to try therewith the celebrated Phaenomena of Colours."

    I was astonished to find that ALL editions of ALL the journals of the Royal
    Society more than one year old are freely available on-line from All the way back to volume 1 of Philosophical
    Transactions of 1665, which includes a book review of a New Treatise by
    "that Noble Philosopher Mr Robert Boyle" 'An Experimental History of Cold'.
    Also contains a very useful account "Of A Way of killing Ratle-Snakes",
    which would doubtless have been invaluable in 17th century London!

    Not totally OT - a random search on "Lamp" brings up "A Theory of the
    Filament Temperature Distribution of the Tungsten Vacuum-Lamp, with Special
    Reference to Optical Pyrometry" from Phil Trans A, 1960.

  2. TKM

    TKM Guest

    Great info., thanks.

    Nice to see some fine journals opening their archives for research -- wish
    more would take this path instead of charging big bucks for downloads. Now,
    if universities would do the same for graduate theses. So much good work,
    often beautifully bound, but just gathering dust in libraries -- what a

    Terry McGowan
  3. David Lee

    David Lee Guest

    TKM wrote...
    Some universities do put new theses online - I've recently downloaded a
    couple from the Universities of Maryland and Tubingen (Copenhagen).

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