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Genius, mathematician, scientist – in Opticks, Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) summed up a lifetime’s experiments on light, prisms, and color. In his long and honor-filled life, he was a Cambridge professor, England’s Warden of the Mint, and eventual president of the Royal Society. A firm believer in reason and the ability of human beings to understand how the universe worked (“the inward frame of bodies is not yet known to us,” he writes in one place, with apparent confidence that eventually it would be), he also devoted considerable mental effort to the riddles of alchemy. The French philosophe Voltaire attended Newton’s funeral in 1727, later writing that “in a country where mortals are canonized, his discoveries might very well pass for miracles.”

Newton’s earliest optical paper, published in 1672, was the result of his experiments to solve the problem of chromatic aberration in telescopes – that is, aberration caused by differences in refraction of the colored rays of the spectrum. Having ground his own lenses for nearly ten years, Newton concluded that white light contained all colors and that different colors refracted to different degrees. His subsequent invention of the reflecting telescope is described in Opticks in Book I. Two additional essays in this 1704 edition are excursions into higher mathematics.


-Commentary by Nicholas Humez, noted author of books on the linguistic and cultural roots of the English language
-Searchable live text
-Supplementary essay on Latin
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-Digital images of every page of this rare book, cover to cover, in full color, presented as uncropped spreads
-Print and Thumbnails files for creating printed references
-Adobe Reader 3.01 with Search software
-PDF file on CD-ROM with all of Adobe Reader’s viewing, navigation, and search features
-Octavo Digital Guide and Help files


- Adobe Reader 5.0 or later 
- Windows PC with Pentium processor running Windows 95 or later
- Macintosh Power Mac running OS 9.2, or OS X 10.1 or later. Linux 2.2 kernel on X86 computer
- Color Monitor (15" or larger, capable of displaying millions of colors recommended)
- CD-ROM drive

The original book imaged for this digital edition: 9 7/8 x 8 inches (251 x 203 mm)
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