Huygens–Fresnel principle

1678,1816 Huygens–Fresnel principle

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Christiaan Huygens, Augustin-Jean Fresnel optics

Huygens–Fresnel principle

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Geometry of corpuscles

Fresnel, working a hundred and thirty years after Huygens, expressed the circular disturbances made by each corpuscle of ether mathematically. The theory may seem archaic; however, it still predicts the behavior of electromagnetic disturbances in quantum field theory.

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  • Treatise on Light,” by Christiaan Huygens, translated by Sylvanius P. Thompson, on Project Gutenberg