Polarization of light by William SpottiswoodePolarization of light by William Spottiswoode

Polarization of light

byWilliam Spottiswoode

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... POLARISATION OF LIGHT. CHAPTER L METHODS OF POLARISATION. LIGHT is said to be polarised when it presents certain peculiarities, hereafter to be described, which it is not generally found to possess. These peculiarities, although very varied in their manifestations, have one feature in common, viz., that they cannot be detected by the unassisted eye; consequently, special instrumental means are required for their investigation. The origin and meaning of the term polarisation will be better understood when some of the phenomena have been witnessed or described than beforehand, and I therefore postpone, for the present, an explanation of it. The subject of polarisation may be approached by either of two roads, the experimental or the theoretical. The theoretical method, which proceeds upon the principles of the Wave Theory of Light, is remarkably complete and explicit; so much so that it not only connects together many very diversified phenomena, ) but even, in some cases, has suggested actual prediction. But inasmuch as the theory without experimental facts would be little better than a study of harmony without practical music, it will be best to begin with experiment. It was stated above that certain instrumental means were requisite for detecting polarisation. Now there are various processes, some occurring in the ordinary course of natural phenomena, others dueto instrumental appliances, whereby a ray of light may be brought into the condition in question, or "polarised;" and it is a fact both curious in itself and important in its applications, that any one of these processes (not necessarily the same as that used for polarising) may be used also as a means of examining whether the ray be in that condition or not. This latter process...
Title:Polarization of lightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217786243

ISBN - 13:9780217786249

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