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Unformatted text preview: Newtons 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 Newtons 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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- Fall '11
- Scientific Revolution