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Undulatory theory

(physics) the theory that light is transmitted as waves.  Synonyms: wave theory, wave theory of light.

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... variance with fact, which nevertheless did great things for the advancement of astronomical knowledge. Kepler was the wildest of guessers. Newton's corpuscular theory of light was of much temporary use in optics, though nobody now believes in it; and the undulatory theory, which has superseded the corpuscular theory and has proved one of the most fertile of instruments of research, is based on the hypothesis of the existence of an 'ether,' the properties of which are defined in propositions, some of which, to ordinary ...
— The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century • T.H. (Thomas Henry) Huxley

Words linked to "Undulatory theory" :   natural philosophy, wave theory, physics, scientific theory, corpuscular theory, corpuscular theory of light

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