WHO formulated the wave theory of light
in the 17th century?
Young's work was furthered by by Augustine Jean Fresnel, leading to the construction of a mathematical basis of a wave theory of light
. Young and Fresnel (Crew, et.al., 2010) both adopted the transverse theory of light, which Maxwell (1873) formulated in detail.
Buchwald, The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light
: Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1989), 393,453 n.
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This is also consistent with the electromagnetic wave theory of light
, from which the energy emitted per unit time of emission is only one redshift factor greater than the energy observed per unit time of observation.
However, by the end of the nineteenth century Conrad was aware not only that the material nature of light had been long since outmoded in favor of a wave theory of light
, but that this negation of materiality was in some way a problem.
Crew et al, The Wave Theory of Light
and Spectra, Arno Press, pp.
With a first degree in Physical Engineering, he went back to first principles, Huygens' wave theory of light
, and explored ways to capture the total characteristics of this wave.
He discovered that light rays bend round corners (diffraction) and put forward the wave theory of light
to account for it.