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Introduction to the Physics of Waves by Tim Freegarde

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6

Huygens wave propagation

6.1 Huygens’ model of wave propagation

One of the most remarkable scientific manuscripts of the seventeenth century must be the Traité de la lumière published by Christiaan Huygens in 1690 (but largely complete by 1678). Without any knowledge of electromagnetism, the transverse nature of electromagnetic waves or any other such details that we now take for granted, and presuming the presence of an œther, Huygens was able to present a geometrical construction that completely described the propagation of light through space, its reflection and refraction, and its passage through birefringent media. Even atmospheric mirages were accounted for. The illustrations, which to our modern eyes have considerable charm, are ...

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