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NEWTON, Isaac.
Lectiones opticae annis MDCLXIX, MDCLXX & MDCLXXI. In scholis publicis habitae: et nunc primum ex MSS. in lucem editae.London: William Innys for the Royal Society, 1729.
First Latin and first complete edition of Newton's Lucasian lectures on optics. Although the English edition (1728) preceded the Latin, this was the first to publish the complete lectures (including the second part). Norman 1594.<br/><br/> The <i>Lectiones opticae</i> fall into two parts. The first, 'The refraction of light rays,' is based largely on Barrow's own Lucasian lectures on optics, which Newton had edited and seen through the press in 1669. They dealt with the geometrical aspects of reflection and refraction, and were intended to form a solid foundation for the second part, 'The origin of colours', which dealt with the compound nature of white light and the different refrangibility of colours. This second part was based on experiments he had performed starting in 1666; a terse announcement of the results had been published in the <i>Philosophical Transactions</i> in 1672. It was the controversy that greeted the publication of this paper, which went on for some six years, that had soured his attitude to 'the Presse'. <br/><br/> "Following Newton's death in 1727, it was decided by his family and followers to publish the lectures. The first part, dealing with geometrical optics, appeared in English translation in 1728. The second part, on colours, was omitted on the grounds that it 'was left imperfect' and, in an improved form, had already been published in the <i>Opticks</i> (1704). The present <i>editio princeps</i>, containing the complete series of lectures, "was prepared initially from the copy belonging to David Gregory. Errors, however, were noted when the man … [Click Below for Full Description]
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