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Kruhová inverze v Newtonově Optice

Title in English Circle inversion in Newton's Opticks


Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference 36. mezinárodní konference HISTORIE MATEMATIKY
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field General mathematics
Keywords circle inversion; Jakob Steiner; optics; Isaac Newton; Newton's Opticks
Description The foundation of the modern circular geometry is widely connected with the famous Swiss geometer Jakob Steiner, who allegedly discovered the circle inversion around 1824, although it has not been mentioned in his published works. In the paper we show that practically the same planar mapping has been used more than hundred years before Steiner as seen in the Opticks by Isaac Newton.

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