Early Estimates of the Velocity of Light

@article{Boyer1941EarlyEO,
  title={Early Estimates of the Velocity of Light},
  author={Carl B. Boyer},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1941},
  volume={33},
  pages={24 - 40}
}
  • C. Boyer
  • Published 1 March 1941
  • Physics
  • Isis
HE astronomical methods by which OLE ROEMER and JAMES BRADLEY demonstrated the finite velocity of light are familiar portions of the scientific tradition. With respect to the early estimates of the speed of light to which these methods led, however, there is in the history of science an astonishing degree of uncertainty and inconsistency. It is the intention here to point out the numerical values proposed by ROEMER and BRADLEY and by their contemporaries and successors, indicating incidentally… 
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