corpuscular theory of light

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Noun1.corpuscular theory of light - (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as a stream of particles
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
undulatory theory, wave theory, wave theory of light - (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as waves
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According to the Independent, in 1850 Foucault conducted a ground-breaking experiment that was viewed as 'driving the last nail in the coffin' of Newton's corpuscle theory of light when it proved light travels more slowly through water than through air.