I. The Bakerian Lecture. Experiments and calculations relative to physical optics

@article{YoungITB,
  title={I. The Bakerian Lecture. Experiments and calculations relative to physical optics},
  author={Thomas Young},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={1 - 16}
}
  • T. Young
  • Physics, Education
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
Experimental demonstration of the general law of the interference of light. In making some experiments on the fringes of colours accompanying shadows, I have found so simple and so demonstrative a proof of the general law of the interference of two portions of light, which I have already endeavoured to establish, that I think it right to lay before the Royal Society, a short statement of the facts which appear to me so decisive. 
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TLDR
Thomas Young was the first to generalize the principle of interference and to apply it to compound tides, to auditory beats, and to the colours of thin films.
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