Unformatted text preview: Newton’s experimental proof that white light was a mixture of colored rays was independent of any theory about the physical nature of light (wave, particle, etc.). In 1668 Newton’s work on refraction led him to invent the reflecting telescope as a way to avoid chromatic aberration . Word of his invention reached the Royal Society of London in 1671 and soon made Newton famous. In 1672 Newton published his ‘ Theory of Colors ’ in the Phil. Trans. His claims about the composite nature of white light led him into controversies with Robert Hooke and others. Exasperated, Newton threatened to withdraw from public scientific life; by 1678 he had largely done so....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas.
- Fall '11
- Scientific Revolution