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Paper, 'An account of the instrument for measuring refractions used at Paris' by Monsieur Thevenet

Reference number: CLP/8i/25

Date: December 1664

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The drawing was sent from Monsieur Thevenot in Paris to Henry Oldenburg. It is part of an English letter in the hand of Henry Oldenburg, which must be his English translation of the original French.

It explains how the instrument can be made, and also how it should be used. The instrument was used to measure refractions coming from a pool of water and consists of a triangular glass.

Subject: Optics / Astronomy

Reference number
CLP/8i/25
Earliest possible date
December 1664
Physical description
Ink on paper
Page extent
3 pages
Format
Manuscript

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Paper, 'An account of the instrument for measuring refractions used at Paris' by Monsieur Thevenet, December 1664, CLP/8i/25, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/clp_8i_25/paper-an-account-of-the-instrument-for-measuring-refractions-used-at-paris-by-monsieur-thevenet, accessed on 21 April 2024

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