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Public domain optics: experimental gems from pre-1923 textbooks
Author(s): Aaron J. Danner

Paper Abstract

The basic concepts of theoretical and experimental optics have remained largely unchanged since the 1890s. With the exception of the existence of the ethereal medium, interpretations and explanations of classical optical phenomena contained in introductory optics textbooks of the late 1800s and early 1900s are essentially modern, and textbooks from this era can provide a valuable source of teaching and learning material which can be adapted for modern coursework free of fear of copyright infringement. In surveying a number of such textbooks, a trove of interesting “chiefly by the lantern” experiments which would prove useful to any student of today have been found. This talk will describe a selected few such experiments which can be done without significant materials cost, perhaps involving minerals such as mica, tourmaline, and selenite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019, 1114318 (2 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2523881
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Aaron J. Danner, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11143:
Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard; Joseph A. Shaw, Editor(s)

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