Newton marks the beginning of a new era in physics. The various lines of thought described in the last chapter converge towards his philosophy of nature: Copernicus’ heliocentric system, Kepler’s study of optics and the movement of the planets, Galileo’s theory of the free fall, the mechanicism of Descartes and Huygens, and the atomism of Gassend. Because Newton is unique in the contribution he made to the theory of color, a few biographical notes are given here .
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