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"Exploring the World of Optics: From Newton to Euler" Step back in time with a portrait of a young Sir Isaac Newton

Background imageOptics Collection: Colour wheel

Colour wheel. A colour wheel is a representation of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. This colour wheel is based on blue, red and yellow (primary colours)

Background imageOptics Collection: 1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young

1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young
Sir Isaac Newton ( 4 January 1643 -31 March 1727). English physicist and mathematician. 18th Century Mezzotint portrait after the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1689, with later colouring

Background imageOptics Collection: Light refraction

Light refraction
Refraction. Computer artwork of white light being refracted as it passes through an equilateral triangular prism. Light changes direction, or is refracted

Background imageOptics Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian and occultist

Background imageOptics Collection: University of Oxford. College of the University

University of Oxford. College of the University and Queens College. Illustration in Vues d Optique (Perspective Views). Images to be seen through a zograscope

Background imageOptics Collection: Newtons Opticks with colour Spectrum

Newtons Opticks with colour Spectrum
Opticks by the English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), published in 1704 with a colour spectrum produced by a prism projected across the title page

Background imageOptics Collection: Double rainbow over a lake

Double rainbow over a lake surrounded by trees

Background imageOptics Collection: PSCI2A-00011

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Isaac Newton using a prism to analyze the colors in a ray of light. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageOptics Collection: Newtons telescope, historical artwork

Newtons telescope, historical artwork
Newtons telescope. Historical reproduction of a sketch by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) of a reflecting telescope and its components

Background imageOptics Collection: Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician

Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician and physicist

Background imageOptics Collection: Ezekiels vision of chariot in sky and a hand in the clouds holding out a book to him, c

Ezekiels vision of chariot in sky and a hand in the clouds holding out a book to him, c.614 BC. Bible: Ezekiel II:9. One modern explanation is that Ezekiel, on of the four great Hebrew prophets

Background imageOptics Collection: Descartes optics theory, 17th century

Descartes optics theory, 17th century
Descartes optics theory, artwork. This is the eye diagram from Descartes book Optics (1637). Three external points are shown depicted on the retina at the back of the eye

Background imageOptics Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian and occultist

Background imageOptics Collection: Letter from Sir Issac Newton to William Briggs, 20th June 1682. Artist: Isaac Newton

Letter from Sir Issac Newton to William Briggs, 20th June 1682. Artist: Isaac Newton
Letter from Sir Issac Newton to William Briggs, 20th June 1682. Letter written from Trinity College, Cambridge by Newton to William Briggs, MD

Background imageOptics Collection: George Calver, English instrument maker

George Calver, English instrument maker
George Calver (1834-1927) English scientific instrument maker. Calvers interest in astronomy began in childhood when his local clergyman showed him a reflecting telescope

Background imageOptics Collection: Illustration of Isaac Newtons prism experiment, showing white sunlight split by a prism into the co

Illustration of Isaac Newtons prism experiment, showing white sunlight split by a prism into the co

Background imageOptics Collection: Letter fom Albert Einstein to American astronomer George Ellery Hale, written in Zurich

Letter fom Albert Einstein to American astronomer George Ellery Hale, written in Zurich, Switzerland, 14 October 1913
EINSTEIN: LETTER, 1913. Letter fom Albert Einstein to American astronomer George Ellery Hale, written in Zurich, Switzerland, 14 October 1913

Background imageOptics Collection: Isaac Newton, caricature C013 / 7593

Isaac Newton, caricature C013 / 7593
Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Caricature of the English physicist, mathematician and alchemist Sir Isaac Newton, holding a rainbow

Background imageOptics Collection: Pierre de Fermat, caricature C015 / 6714

Pierre de Fermat, caricature C015 / 6714
Pierre de Fermat, caricature

Background imageOptics Collection: Fresnel Lens DP348540

Fresnel Lens DP348540
The Lighthouse, Lighthouse Road, Flamborough Head, Flamborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire. Detail of shaped glass on the lighthouse's first-order Fresnel lens

Background imageOptics Collection: Illustration of eye seeing through microscope

Illustration of eye seeing through microscope

Background imageOptics Collection: Issac Newton, English physicist

Issac Newton, English physicist
Isaac Newton. Engraving of the English physicist, mathematician and alchemist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). As a mathematician Newton discovered the binomial theorem and developed differential

Background imageOptics Collection: Optical fibres

Optical fibres. Bundle of optical fibres conducting light. These fibres are made of very pure glass which is coated so as to allow light to be transmitted without absorption or loss of intensity

Background imageOptics Collection: Soap bubbles

Soap bubbles merging

Background imageOptics Collection: Molecular orbitals

Molecular orbitals. Computer model of a mixture of molecular orbitals. The electrons in molecules can be arranged in different patterns, giving rise to different energies

Background imageOptics Collection: ARAB EYE TREATISE. Page from a 13th century Arabic manuscript of Hunayns Treatise on the Eye

ARAB EYE TREATISE. Page from a 13th century Arabic manuscript of Hunayns Treatise on the Eye

Background imageOptics Collection: Issac Newton and the apple, artwork

Issac Newton and the apple, artwork
Issac Newton and the apple, computer artwork

Background imageOptics Collection: Magnifying glass

Magnifying glass. The glass lens is polished to an exact shape to produce a clear image. It magnifies the view of an object because the shape of the lens is convex

Background imageOptics Collection: Double rainbow over a town

Double rainbow over a town amid trees

Background imageOptics Collection: Interference pattern of oil on water

Interference pattern of oil on water
Interference pattern of colours caused by light reflected off a thin film of oil floating on water. The effect seen here is a result of decomposing organic matter leaving behind oily residues in a

Background imageOptics Collection: Title page of Kirchers Ars magna, 1646

Title page of Kirchers Ars magna, 1646
Title page of Ars magna lucis et umbrae (Great Art of Light and Shadow) by Athanasius Kircher, published at Rome in 1646. Light rays are seen reflecting from mirrors to illuminate in different ways

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Sunset. Sun setting behind clouds

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Background imageOptics Collection: An engraving depicting a method of using a camera obscura as a drawing aid, 19th century

An engraving depicting a method of using a camera obscura as a drawing aid, 19th century
5311353 An engraving depicting a method of using a camera obscura as a drawing aid, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1855); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageOptics Collection: An engraving depicting a stereoscopic viewer with prismatic lenses, based on Brewster's design

An engraving depicting a stereoscopic viewer with prismatic lenses, based on Brewster's design, 19th century
5311293 An engraving depicting a stereoscopic viewer with prismatic lenses, based on Brewster's design, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1863); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageOptics Collection: An allegory of optics, representing an eye in the center of a star, 1820 (etching)

An allegory of optics, representing an eye in the center of a star, 1820 (etching)
MMM5477354 An allegory of optics, representing an eye in the center of a star, 1820 (etching); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: An allegory of optics)

Background imageOptics Collection: An engraving depicting the refraction of a beam of light in a bowl of water

An engraving depicting the refraction of a beam of light in a bowl of water
5311290 An engraving depicting the refraction of a beam of light in a bowl of water. The beam of light is bent because light changes direction as it moves from one medium to another (air to water)

Background imageOptics Collection: An engraving depicting a Fresnel echelon or lighthouse lens from the front and side

An engraving depicting a Fresnel echelon or lighthouse lens from the front and side
5311287 An engraving depicting a Fresnel echelon or lighthouse lens from the front and side. At A is a plano-convex lens a foot in diameter surrounded by glass rings whose curvature is calculated so

Background imageOptics Collection: An illustration of parallax showing the apparent displacement of the finger when viewed with first

An illustration of parallax showing the apparent displacement of the finger when viewed with first one eye
5311240 An illustration of parallax showing the apparent displacement of the finger when viewed with first one eye and then the other, due to the different position from which it is observed

Background imageOptics Collection: Physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel

Physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel
NWI4948552 Physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel; (add.info.: Physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageOptics Collection: Ophtalmoscop, c1880 (engraving)

Ophtalmoscop, c1880 (engraving)
2450303 Ophtalmoscop, c1880 (engraving); (add.info.: Medicine. Ophtalmology. Ophtalmoscope by Hermann von Helmholtz. Engraving in: Weltall und Menschheit, by Hans Kraemer, Germany)

Background imageOptics Collection: James Gregory (1638 - 75)

James Gregory (1638 - 75)
2603689 James Gregory (1638 - 75); (add.info.: James Gregory (1638 - 75) Scottish mathematician. In 1663 he published "Optica Promota" describing his reflecting telescope

Background imageOptics Collection: Allegory of Astronomy, 1685 (engraving)

Allegory of Astronomy, 1685 (engraving)
2526593 Allegory of Astronomy, 1685 (engraving); (add.info.: Science. Astronomy. Allegory of Astronomy. Engraving in: Oculus artificialis teledioptricus sive telescopium, by Johann Zahn, Germany)



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"Exploring the World of Optics: From Newton to Euler" Step back in time with a portrait of a young Sir Isaac Newton, the brilliant English mathematician who revolutionized our understanding of optics. His groundbreaking work on light and color can be traced back to his famous "Colour wheel, " depicted in PSCI2A-00011. Newton's affiliation with the University of Oxford's College further highlights his intellectual prowess. It was here that he delved into his masterpiece, "Newtons Opticks, " which unveiled the mesmerizing beauty of the color spectrum through prisms. In awe-inspiring historical artwork, we witness Newton gazing at celestial wonders through his telescope. This instrument allowed him to unravel mysteries hidden within nature's tapestry and paved the way for future discoveries by visionaries like Leonhard Euler, a Swiss mathematician who built upon Newton's foundations. The 17th-century theories proposed by Descartes on it also come into play as we delve deeper into this captivating field. These ideas challenged traditional beliefs and laid down new paths for exploration. Nature itself provides us with breathtaking displays, such as a double rainbow over a serene lake. Understanding how light interacts with water droplets allows us to appreciate these optical phenomena even more deeply. Returning once again to Sir Isaac Newton, we marvel at another aspect crucial to optics—the retina. This intricate structure within our eyes captures and processes incoming light signals, enabling us to perceive colors and shapes in all their glory. From ancient times until today, humanity has been captivated by optics—a realm where science meets artistry. Join us on this journey as we uncover its secrets and celebrate those remarkable minds who have shaped our perception of the world around us.