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DOMINIS, Marco Antonio de (Marko Antonije)
De radiis visus et lucis in vitris perspectivus et itide tractatus . In quo inter alia ostenditur ratio instrumenti cuiusdam ad clare videndum, quae sunt valde remota excogitate .
Tomasso Baglioni, Venice, 1611. THE FIRST CORRECT THEORY OF THE RAINBOW. First edition, extremely rare, of this important early work on the optics of the telescope and related optical phenomena, and containing the first essentially correct theory of the rainbow to be published. Dominis and Galileo were both teaching mathematics and physics in Padua at the same time, and it is almost certain that they knew each other. The present work has the same publisher as Galileo's Sidereus nuncius of the previous year. Dominis sought to provide the theoretical explanation behind Galileo's telescopic observations, and his work appears to have been completed before Galileo's, although published later (see below). The work was edited by Dominis's friend Giovanni Bartolo. "In the preface, Bartolo says that the work is based on notes prepared by De Dominis for his lectures at Padua and Brescia twenty years before; but he adds that De Dominis himself had revised these notes and inserted an explanation of the newly-invented telescope" (Ockenden, p. 42). This preface is the source for the erroneous claim that Galileo 'invented' the telescope. The second half of the book is taken up with the phenomena of refraction and reflection in raindrops and the rainbow. Newton owned a copy of this book (Harrison 535) and referred to it twice in his Opticks, stating that Dominis was the first to present a correct theory of the rainbow, involving double refraction and internal reflection of sunlight in raindrops. This led to a dispute with Descartes and his supporters, who held that the first correct explan … [Click Below for Full Description]
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