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The Problem of Reflection in Eighteenth-Century Projectile Theories of Light

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Arsioli Moura, Breno [1]
Total Authors: 1
[1] Fed Univ ABC, Ctr Nat & Human Sci, Ave Estados 5001, BR-09210580 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: PHYSICS IN PERSPECTIVE; v. 22, n. 4 DEC 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

This paper explores the mechanical models elaborated by projectile theorists throughout the eighteenth century to explain the reflection of light. Influenced by Isaac Newton's Opticks, these projectile theorists proposed that repulsion was the cause of reflection. My purpose is to show that their models were not unified and lacked a deeper understanding of the origin of repulsive powers. This analysis illustrates how a simple optical phenomenon was not easy for eighteenth-century theorists to explain, even when the projectile theory of light was prominent among natural philosophers. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/04366-2 - History of optics in eighteenth century: a critical analysis of the theories of light and colors in Europe and in the United States
Grantee:Breno Arsioli Moura
Support Opportunities: Scholarships abroad - Research