Discoverers of Light
There have been many dissenting voices as to the discoverer of light because light itself has been existing from time immemorial.
However, the origin of the study of light cut across many scientific figures. In this article, we will be looking at various scientists whom the discovery of light can be traced to and how they contributed to the development of the light as a field of study.
Humans are critical thinking animals, and as such, the topic of light has been philosophically examined by a number of critical minds. In their analysis and arguments, it was believed that light originates from waves while some other sects argued that light composed of particles. One of the foremost scientists who examined the philosophical question of light is Sir Isaac Newton in the late 17th century. His most popular observation of light was when he conducted the experiment on the prism and the sun. It was as a result of his experiment that he concluded that the white light is made up of many colours. He also believes that the various colours cannot be rearranged to form the white light. The theories of Isaac Newton were also followed by the school of thought that light stems from a wave. The major proponents of this theory are Robert Hooke and one Christiaan Huyghens. However, in 1800, Thomas Young made a shocking discovery when he proved that one of the significant features of light is that it has many interferences. He also discovered that light has many colours with each colour carrying its own wavelength.
Another discoverer of light which should be given credit for his work as early as 400Bc is Mo-ti. Mo-ti is a Chinese critical thinker who is also the father of Mohism is credited for his work in discovering the pinhole camera. It was a result of his examination of light that birthed what is now known as optics. His findings that light travels fast on an undisturbed straight line was corroborated by Aristotle in 350BC. According to Aristotle, in his findings, he discovered that light could penetrate through an object no matter how tiny the hole and form a circle of light on any surface. In 1015, Kitab al-Manazir optics treaties were released. These treaties were documented by one of the most prominent Arabian scientists named Al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham who was born in the region of Iraq. This prominent critical thinker contributed immensely to the people knowing about optics, vision, and light. He employed a number of investigative techniques to carry out his research work, such as the use of many experiments to ascertain his theories; this is similar to the present-day scientific method of experimenting. His work on optics has influenced many scientists. In recent time, credence is given to him as a historical pioneer of optics. He has also been dubbed as “father of Modern Optics” The discovery of light is not only limited to these individuals mentioned. There are also other discoverers such as James Clerk Maxwell, Albert Einstein, Kepler, Galileo among others are notable figures in the study of light.
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