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Title The optics of Giambattista Della Porta (ca. 1535--1615) : a reassessment / Arianna Borrelli, Giora Hon, Yaakov Zik, editors.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer Science and Business Media : Springer Nature, 2017.


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Archimedes : New studies in the history and philosophy of science and technology ; volume 44
Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands) ; v. 44.
Springer History eBooks 2017 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. A theater of experiments: Giambattista Della Porta and the scientific culture of Renaissance Naples -- 3. Giambattista Della Porta: A magician or an optician? -- 4. Optical diagrams as "paper tools": Della Porta's analysis of biconvex lenses from De refractione to De telescopio -- 5. Giambattista Della Porta's theory of vision in De refractione of 1593: Sources, problems, implications -- 6. Magi from the north: Instruments of fire and light in the early seventeenth century -- 7. Using invariances in geometrical diagrams: Della Porta, Kepler and Descartes on refraction -- 8. Francesco Maurolico, Giambattista Della Porta and their theories on refraction.-9. Conclusion: A reassessment.
Summary This volume contains essays that examine the optical works of Giambattista Della Porta, an Italian natural philosopher during the Scientific Revolution. Coverage also explores the science and technology of early modern optics. Della Porta's groundbreaking book, Magia Naturalis (Natural Magic), includes a prototype of the camera. Yet, because of his obsession with magic, Della Porta's scientific achievements are often forgotten. As the contributors argue, his work inspired such great minds as Johanes Kepler and Francis Bacon. After reading this book, researchers, historians, and students will have a better appreciation of this influential scientist. They will also gain a greater understanding of an important period in the history of optics. Readers will learn about Della Porta's experimental method, a process governed by the protocols, aims, and theoretical assumptions of natural magic. Coverage also discusses the material properties and limitations of optical technology in the early 17th century, based on a recently discovered Dutch spyglass. It also demonstrates how diagrams were instrumental in the discovery of the sine law of refraction. In addition, the book includes an in-depth analysis of previously untranslated Latin sources. This makes the material useful to historians of optics unfamiliar with the language. More than 70 illustrations complement the text.
Other author Borrelli, Arianna, editor.
Hon, Giora, editor.
Zik, Yaakov, editor.
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Porta, Giambattista della, approximately 1535-1615.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783319502151 (electronic bk.)
3319502158 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-319-50215-1