Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
Hunter College

Introductory Astronomy Lecture Series
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Astronomy Lesson 16: Newton's Corpuscles of Light: So Close, but So Far....

Newton’s contribution to the understanding of light. We learn about his corpuscles and how they are not waves. As we traverse the history of light and understand how it grows with time, we see how great minds tried to wrestle with big ideas as the ideas arose and the experiments that supported them became possible. We see their missteps and we learn from them. We also see how the science endeavor is a truly human one, with all our foibles and strengths on display.

William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific