The Mathematical Evolution Of Wavefronts

Jean-Claude A. Chastang and Rida T. Farouki

The publication of the Traité de la Lumière in 16901 by the Dutch physicist and mathematician Christiaan Huygens— 300 years ago—may be considered the culmination of geometrical optics in the 17th century, a century that had witnessed the birth of this discipline as a new branch of the already quite venerable science of optics.

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