Considerations of Mr. Hook upon Mr. Newton's Discourse of Light and Colours

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                                not insuperable. I have made many tryals, both for Telescopes and
Microscopes by Reflection, which I have mentioned in my Micrographia
but deserted it as to Telescopes, when I considered, that the focus of
the spherical concave is not a point but a Line, and that the Rayss are
lesse true reflected to a point by a concave, than refracted by
a Convex; which made me seek that by Refraction which J found
could not rationally be expected by Reflection; nor indeed could
I find any effect of it by one of six foot Radius, which about 7 or 8
years since M<sup>r</sup>. Reive made for M<sup>r</sup>. Gregory, whith which I made
several tryals; but it now appears it was for want of a good
Encheiria (from which cause many good Experiments have
been lost) both which considerations discouraged me from attempting
further that way; especially, since I found the Parabola much more
difficult to describe, than the Hyperbola or Elipses. And I was
wholly taken from the thoughts of it, by lighting on divers ways
which in Theory answered all I could wish for, though having
much more businesse I could not attend to bring them into use
for Telescopes; though for Microscopes I have for a good while
used it. Thus much as to the Preamble, I shall now consider the
Propositions themselves.

First then, M<sup>r</sup>. Newton alledgeth, that as the Rayss of Light differ
in Refrangibility, so they differ in their disposition to exhibit this
or that colour. With which I do in the main agree, that is, that
the Ray by refraction is, as twere split or rarified, and that the
one side, namely that which is most refracted, gives a <u>Blew</u>, and
that which is least, a <u>Red</u>; the intermediate are the dilutings
and intermixtures of those two, which I thus explain: The motion
of Light in an uniforme medium, in which it is generated, is pro=
pagated by simple and uniforme pulses or waves, which are at right
Angles with the line of direction; but falling obliquely on the
Refracting medium, it receives another impression or motion, which
disturbs the former motion, somewhat like the Vibration of a string and
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Considerations of Mr. Hook upon Mr. Newton's Discourse of Light and Colours, 1672. From The Royal Society, RBO/4/45



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