Pierre Bouguer's Optical Treatise on The Gradation of Light

By W.E. Knowles Middleton

© 1961

In 1760 the first edition of the Traite d’optique sur la gradation de la lumiere of Pierre Bouguer was published posthumously. Bouguer (1698-1758), French mathematician, professor of hydrography, and author of works on the theory of navigation, can also be considered the inventor of photometry, and the Traite was his definitive word on the subject. It has become one of the classic treatises of science, but even in French has long been unavailable. The last part of the work is remarkable for having anticipated the modern theory of the visibility of objects in a horizontal direction through the atmosphere.
Dr. Middleton’s translation is accompanied by explanatory notes and a biographical and critical introduction. The book will be of interested to those working in the field of optics and to students of the history of science.
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  • Page Count: 265 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.5in x 9.3in
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In 1760 the first edition of the Traite d’optique sur la gradation de la lumiere of Pierre Bouguer was published posthumously. Dr. Middleton’s translation is accompanied by explanatory notes and a biographical and critical introduction.

Pierre Bouguer's Optical Treatise on The Gradation of Light

By W.E. Knowles Middleton

© 1961

In 1760 the first edition of the Traite d’optique sur la gradation de la lumiere of Pierre Bouguer was published posthumously. Bouguer (1698-1758), French mathematician, professor of hydrography, and author of works on the theory of navigation, can also be considered the inventor of photometry, and the Traite was his definitive word on the subject. It has become one of the classic treatises of science, but even in French has long been unavailable. The last part of the work is remarkable for having anticipated the modern theory of the visibility of objects in a horizontal direction through the atmosphere.
Dr. Middleton’s translation is accompanied by explanatory notes and a biographical and critical introduction. The book will be of interested to those working in the field of optics and to students of the history of science.
Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 265 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.5in x 9.3in
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    W. E. KNOWLES MIDDLETON was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Optical Society of America. In 1959 the latter Society awarded him its Ives Medal for his work in meteorological optics, photometry, and colorimetry. He wrote 15 books and approximately 100 scientific papers on the science of meteorological sciences and instruments.

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