Book ID: CBB737949515

Gustav Robert Kirchhoff's Treatise “On the Theory of Light Rays” (1882):English Translation, Analysis and Commentary (2016)


Hentschel, Klaus (Editor)
Ning Yan Zhu (Editor)

World Scientific

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 168 pages
Language: English

The 1882 paper by the mathematical physicist Gustav Robert Kirchhoff on diffraction theory is still being discussed to this day, but has never been translated into English. This volume contains the first English translation of the Kirchhoff treatise, as well as background and commentary on it. Included are a biographical introduction to Kirchhoff's life, an analysis of the reception to Kirchhoff's paper through the ages, a discussion on why Kirchhoff's theory manages to produce accurate predictions in spite of being "wrong", and views on the theory as well as its predecessor and subsequent developments. This anthology will make all English-speaking scientists, engineers, historians, and interested laymen aware of the great fecundity of Kirchhoff's thought and historical context.

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Authors & Contributors
P. L. , Simms
Hinkley, D. L
Levitt, Theresa
Gilson, Simon A.
Lombardi, Anna Maria
Magalhães, Gildo
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Science in Context
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Edwin Mellen Press
Antique Telescope Society
Guida Editori
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Philosophy of science
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Fresnel, Augustin Jean
Kirchhoff, Gustav Robert
Newton, Isaac
Ibn al-Haytham, Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan
Gregory, David
Arago, François Jean Dominique
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
11th century
Rome (Italy)

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