Descartes' Dioptrics and Descartes' Optics

In Nolan Larry (ed.), The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon. Cambridge (forthcoming)
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Descartes’ work on optics spanned his entire career and represents a fascinating area of inquiry from both the perspectives of the history of science and his systematic natural philosophy. The first of these entries offers a brief account of Descartes' seminal work in optics, the Dioptrique, often translated as the Optics or, more literally, as the Dioptrics. The second entry overview of Descartes’ understanding of light, his derivations of the two central laws of geometrical optics, and a sampling of the optical phenomena he sought to explain.
Keywords Descartes  Optics  Dioptrics
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