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The Optics of Giambattista Della Porta (ca. 1535-1615)


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1. IntroductionArianna Borrelli
2. A theater of experiments: Giambattista Della Porta and the scientific culture of Renaissance Naples
William Eamon
3. Giambattista Della Porta: A magician or an optician?Yaakov Zik and Giora Hon
4. Optical diagrams as "paper tools": Della Porta's analysis of biconvex lenses from De refractione to De telescopioArianna Borrelli
5. Giambattista Della Porta's theory of vision in De refractione of 1593: Sources, problems, implicationsA. Mark Smith
6. Magi from the north: Instruments of fire and light in the early seventeenth centuryFokko Jan Dijksterhuis
7. Using invariances in geometrical diagrams: Della Porta, Kepler and Descartes on refractionAlbrecht Heeffer
8. Francesco Maurolico, Giambattista Della Porta and their theories on refractionRicardo Belle
9. Conclusion: A reassessmentYaakov Zik and Giora Hon

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