Treatise on Light

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For Ibn al-Haytham's Treatise on Light, see his article.
1690 edition

Treatise on Light (French: Traité de la Lumière) is a 1690 book written by the Dutch polymath Christiaan Huygens on his wave theory of light. Huygens' starting point was Descartes' theory, as presented in the Dioptrique, which Huygens aimed to supplant. Huygens' theory is also seen as the historical rival of Newton's theory, which was presented in the Opticks.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Erik Gregersen, ed. (2010). The Britannica Guide to Sound and Light. Britannica Educational Publishing. p. 306. ISBN 978-1-61530-374-8.
  2. ^ A. I. Sabra (1981). Theories of Light, from Descartes to Newton. CUP Archive. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-521-28436-3.
  3. ^ Frank Träger, ed. (2012). Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 5. ISBN 978-3-642-19409-2.

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