The Development of Newton's Theory of Color

  title={The Development of Newton's Theory of Color},
  author={R. Shane Westfall},
  pages={339 - 358}
" TO perform my late promise to you, I shall without further ceremony acquaint you, that in the beginning of the Year 1666 (at which time I applyed my self to the grinding of Optick glasses of other figures than Spherical,) I procured me a Triangular glass-Prisme, to try therewith the celebrated Phaenomena of Colours." 1 Thus Isaac Newton, introducing his first paper on light, introduced himself to the scientific world of his day. If the words, as introduction, lead us to look forward, not only… 

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