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Newton’s Optics

Synopsis
This Learning Object consists of a three vodcasts by Jim Bennett, Director of the Oxford Museum of the History of Science, on the Newtonian telescope - why Newton designed it, and how it fits into the story of science in the eighteenth century; astronomical instruments - the impact of the astronomical instrument trade on the practice of astronomy in the eighteenth century; how instrument makers exerted more control over which instruments were made than the astronomers who commissioned them. There is also a short video reconstruction showing Dr Jonathan Hare performing Experimentum Crucis as it would have been carried in the eighteenth century. It demonstrates how Newton proved the homogeneity of light using a prism and a convex lens and explains
it in terms of its modern relevance.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Notes
Other Learning Objects in the Enlightening Science Project cover Science and Religion, Newton’s Physics, Newton the Man, and Newtonian Audiences.
Documentation
Key historical texts are also reproduced on the website.
Subjects
Astronomy; Physics
Keywords
history of science; Newton, Isaac; optics; scientific instruments; telescopes

Online availability

URI
http://www.enlighteningscience.sussex.ac.uk/resources_for_teachers/newton%27s_optics/
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Jim Bennett; Jonathan Hare

Distributor

Name

University of Sussex, Enlightening Science

Web
http://www.enlighteningscience.sussex.ac.uk/home External site opens in new window
Phone
01273 872868
Fax
01273 623246
Address
East Sussex
BN1 9SH

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