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Published: 1999

Author: A. Mark Smith

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Size: 176 Pages

ISBN: 0871698935

Ptolemy and the Foundations of Ancient Mathematical Optics : A Guided Study Vol. 89, Pt. 3

The ancient world provided us with two competing models for the theory of optics. While ultimately not the more accurate, Ptolemy's model would prove very influential in the decades and centuries to come. Ptolemy's theory would become a corner stone for the coming science of optics. This book by Mark Smith, draws upon Ptolemy's original writings to provide history and perspective on this ancient polymath.

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