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Art and Science: The Development and Impact of Optics

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JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, [email protected]

It is said that French painter Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) found inspiration in the optics of color and geometry, and that theories about light and vision informed his work. His paintings, in turn, influenced the work of other artists including Picasso and Braque. Long before Cézanne captured the French countryside on canvas, however, Isaac Newton, Thomas Young, Augustin-Jean Fresnel and others studied light, vision and optics, with far-reaching effects. A Fresnel lens, named for its creator, Augustin-Jean Fresnel. Theories of Light The early study of optics dates...Read full article

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