Newton’s Optical Theories & Optical Correspondence

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1.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 16 March 1671

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/35, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00307

2.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 19 March 1671

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/36, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00308

3.

Newton's figure of his reflecting telescope with explanations

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/37, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00309

4.

Author: Henry Oldenburg

Source: MS Add. 3976, ff. 1r-2v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00388

5.

Draft of 'A Theory Concerning Light and Colors'

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 3970.3, ff.460-466, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00003

6.

A Letter of Mr. Isaac Newton … containing his New Theory about Light and Colors

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 80 (19 Feb. 1671/2), pp. 3075-3087.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00006

7.

An Accompt of a New Catadioptrical Telescope invented by Mr. Newton

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 81 (25 March 1672), pp. 4004-4007.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00007

8.

An Extract of a Letter, received very lately, (March 19th) from the Inventor of this new Telescope, from Cambridge

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 81 (25 March 1672), pp. 4009-4010.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00030

9.

Christiaan Huygens' comments on Newton's telescope

Author: Christiaan Huygens

Source: Christiaan Huygens, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 81 (25 March 1672), pp. 4008-4009.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00052

10.

Author: Henry Oldenburg

Source: MS Add. 3976, f. 7r-7v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00389

11.

Copy of a letter to John Collins, dated 9 April 1672

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/46, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00316

12.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 3976, ff. 8r-9v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00390

13.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, dated 13 April 1672

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/38, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00310

14.

An Extract of another Letter … by way of an answer to some Objections, made by an Ingenious French Philosopher [Adrien Auzout] to the New Reflecting Telescope

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 82 (22 April 1672), pp. 4034-4035.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00009

15.

Mr. Newton's Letter … containing some more suggestions about his New Telescope

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 82 (22 April 1672), pp. 4032-4034.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00008

16.

Author: Henry Oldenburg

Source: MS Add. 3976, ff. 10r-11v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00391

17.

The Observations, made upon these proposals [of Robert Moray]

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 83 (20 May 1672), pp. 4060-4062.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00053

18.

Mr. Isaac Newton's Considerations upon part of a Letter of Monsieur De Bercé

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 83 (20 May 1672), pp. 4056-4059.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00010

19.

Some Experiments propos'd in relation to Mr. Newton's Theory of light … together with the Observations made thereupon by the Author of that Theory

Author: Robert Moray

Source: Robert Moray, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 83 (20 May 1672), pp. 4059-4062.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00011

20.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 3976, ff. 14r-15v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00392

21.

Author: Henry Oldenburg

Source: MS Add. 3976, ff. 32r-33v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00397

22.

Letter to to Henry Oldenburg for Ignatius-Gaston Pardies, dated 10 June 1672

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/40, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00312

23.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, dated 11 June 1672

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/39, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00311

24.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 3976, ff. 18r-27v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00394

25.

Mr Newtons Letter of April 13. 1672 … being an Answer to the fore-going Letter of P. Pardies

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 84 (17 June 1672), pp. 4091-4093.

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00013

[1] 2 pp.

[2]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 120

[3]

in English

[4] Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 19 March 1671 [EL/N1/36]

[5] 2 pp.

[6]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 121

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 16 March 1671 [EL/N1/35]

[7]

in English

[8] 2 pp.

[9]

Published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 81 (25 March 1672), pp. 4004-4007.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 19 March 1671 [EL/N1/36] An Accompt of a New Catadioptrical Telescope invented by Mr. Newton [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)]

[10]

in English

[11] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[12] 14pp.

[13]

in English

[14]

[15] 13pp.

[16]

in English

[17] Robert Hooke's Critique of Newton's Theory of Light and Colors (delivered 1672) [History of the Royal Society, Vol. 3 (1757)] Some Experiments propos'd in relation to Mr. Newton's Theory of light … together with the Observations made thereupon by the Author of that Theory [Philosophical Transactions 83 (20 May 1672)] A Latin Letter … by Ignatius Gaston Pardies … containing some Animadversions upon Mr. Isaac Newton … his Theory of Light [Philosophical Transactions 84 (17 June 1672)] A Letter of the Learn'd Franc. Linus … animadverting upon … Mr. Isaac Newton's Theory of Light and Colors, date 6 October 1674 [Philosophical Transactions 110 (25 January 1674/5)] A Letter from Liege concerning Mr Newton's Experiment of the colour'd Spectrum [Philosophical Transactions 128 (25 September 1676)]

[18] 4pp.

[19]

in English

[20] Christiaan Huygens' comments on Newton's telescope [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)] Newton's figure of his reflecting telescope with explanations [EL/N1/37]

[21] 2 pp.

[22]

in English

[23] Christiaan Huygens' comments on Newton's telescope [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)]

[24] 2pp.

[25]

in English

[26] An Extract of a Letter, received very lately, (March 19th) from the Inventor of this new Telescope, from Cambridge [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)] Mr. Newton's Letter … containing some more suggestions about his New Telescope [Philosophical Transactions 82 (22 April 1672)] An Accompt of a New Catadioptrical Telescope invented by Mr. Newton [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)]

[27] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[28] 4 pp.

[29]

in English

[30] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[31] 2 pp.

[32]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 140

A Latin Letter … by Ignatius Gaston Pardies … containing some Animadversions upon Mr. Isaac Newton … his Theory of Light [Philosophical Transactions 84 (17 June 1672)] Mr Newtons Letter of April 13. 1672 … being an Answer to the fore-going Letter of P. Pardies [Philosophical Transactions 84 (17 June 1672)]

[33]

in English

[34] 2pp.

[35]

in English

[36] 3pp.

[37] Christiaan Huygens' comments on Newton's telescope [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)]

[38] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[39] 3pp.

[40]

in English

[41] Some Experiments propos'd in relation to Mr. Newton's Theory of light … together with the Observations made thereupon by the Author of that Theory [Philosophical Transactions 83 (20 May 1672)]

[42] 4pp.

[43]

in English

[44] 4pp.

[45]

in English

[46] The Observations, made upon these proposals [of Robert Moray] [Philosophical Transactions 83 (20 May 1672)] A Letter of Mr. Isaac Newton … containing his New Theory about Light and Colors [Philosophical Transactions 80 (19 Feb. 1671/2)]

[47] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[48] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[49] 2 pp.

[50]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 163 and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 85 (15 July 1672), pp. 5014-5018.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, dated 11 June 1672 [EL/N1/39] A second Letter of P. Pardies [Philosophical Transactions 85 (15 July 1672)] Mr. Newton's Answer to the foregoing Letter [of Ignace Pardies] [Philosophical Transactions 85 (15 July 1672)]

[51]

in English

[52] 2 pp.

[53]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 193

Letter to to Henry Oldenburg for Ignatius-Gaston Pardies, dated 10 June 1672 [EL/N1/40]

[54]

in English

[55] Editorial Note: This Note Empty

[56] 3pp.

[57]

in Latin

[58] A second Letter of P. Pardies [Philosophical Transactions 85 (15 July 1672)] A Latin Letter … by Ignatius Gaston Pardies … containing some Animadversions upon Mr. Isaac Newton … his Theory of Light [Philosophical Transactions 84 (17 June 1672)] Letter to Henry Oldenburg, dated 13 April 1672 [EL/N1/38]

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