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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Chen, Xiang
URN etd-05222007-091352
Title Theories, experiments, and human agents : the controversy between emissionists and undulationists in Britain, 1827-1859
Degree PhD
Department Science and Technology Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barker, Peter Committee Chair
Ariew, Roger Committee Member
Buchwald, Zed Z. Committee Member
Lux, David S. Committee Member
Moyer, Albert E. Committee Member
Paterson, Robert A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Corpuscular theory of History 19th century - Light
  • Wave theory of light History 19th century - Light
  • Optics Great Britain History 19th century
Date of Defense 1992-04-01
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Abstract
This dissertation is an interdisciplinary study of scientific change. The undulatory theory of light replaces the emission theory of light in the early nineteenth century, triggering an "optical revolution" and vigorous debates among physicists in British from the 1830s to the 1850s.
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