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YOUNG, THOMAS. - THE DISCOVERY OF ASTIGMATISM.

The Bakerian Lecture. On the Mechanism of the Eye. Read November 27, 1800.

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(London, W. Bulmer and Co., 1801). 4to. No wrappers as extracted from "Philosophical Transactions" 1801. Pp. 23-88 and 6 engraved plates. Clean and fine with wide margins. ¶ First appearance of this importent paper in physiological optics - Thomas Young is sometimes called "The father of physiological optics" - which includes for the first time a description of Astigmatism (structural defects of the eye). He explained astigmatism as a result of the irregular curvature of the eye's cornea and eliminated any role of for the cornea in accomodation. His interests and discoveries in physiological optics - in 1793 he discovered that accomodation is due to a change of the curvature of the crystalline lens - sharpened his interest in the nature of light, in which field he became a master and well-known for his revival of the wave theory of light (Huygens), explaining the phenomena of interference and dispersion, thus bringing up new evidence for the undalatory nature of light. - Garrison & Morton: 1487.

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