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19th Century Flint Glass Prism

Computer artwork of 19th century flint glass prism c. 1790, mounted on a rotating brass stand, of a type used to repeat experiments by Sir Isaac Newton. A narrow slit of light from the sun is focussed along the length of the prism from above, which is refracted by the prism into the colour spectrum and projected onto the surface below. In Isaac Newton's time, it was believed that white light was colourless, and that the prism itself produced the colour. Newton's experiments convinced him that all the colours already existed in the light in a heterogeneous fashion, and that "corpuscles" (particles) of light were fanned out because particles with different colours travelled with different speeds through the prism. It was only later that Young and Fresnel combined Newton's particle theory with Huygen's wave theory to show that colour is the visible manifestation of light's wavelength.

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Newton's own drawing of his reflecting telescope

Newton's telescope. Sir Isaac Newton's own drawing of his first reflecting telescope design. Newton invented the reflecting telescope in 1668. It worked by focusing light using a parabolic mirror (V). This reflected light back up the tube of the telescope to another mirror (D) which reflected it into the eyepiece (F). The design avoided the chromatic aberration and loss of light caused by the use of lenses and was highly successful; the largest modern telescopes are all of the reflect- ing variety. This first telescope was only 15 cm long and 2.5 cm in diameter but could magnify 30- 40 times. He built a second, larger version in 1671. Image taken from a 1672 letter by Newton

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1749 God creates solar system and planets

Copperplate engraving from Georges-Louis Leclerc, Compte de Buffon "Histoire Naturelle" Volume 1, Plate 1. "Of the Formation of the Planets" 1749. N. Blakey del. and St. Fessard sculp. Though this image pays homage to God's role in the divine order, Buffon was no Biblical literalist. Isaac Newton observed that all planets rotated about the sun in the same direction and within 7.5 degrees of each other. Buffon calculated the odds against this happening if all the planets were created independently at nearly 8 million to one. He concluded the planets were created at the same time by a comet crashing into the sun. The faculty of theology were not happy, and Buffon retracted saying in correspondence to friends "it is better to be humble than hung". In this volume Buffon believed the Earth's history was cyclical. In (1778) he estimated the Earth's age at 75, 000 years based on cooling

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