Michelson, Albert A.

Studies in Optics

  • First edition, first printing and a lovely copy of this work on optics by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Michelson (1832-1951).

    "During his career, Michelson touched on many departments of physics but, perhaps due to a special instinct which he appeared to possess, he excelled in optics. He performed early measurements of the velocity of light with amazing delicacy and in 1881 he invented his interferometer for the purpose of discovering the effect of the Earth's motion on the observed velocity. In cooperation with Professor E.W. Morley, and using the interferometer, it was shown that light travels at a constant speed in all inertial systems of reference. The instrument also enabled distances to be measured with greater accuracy by means of the length of light-waves. At the request of the International Committee of Weights and Measures, Michelson measured the standard metre in terms of wavelength of cadmium light. He invented the echelon spectroscope and during his wartime service in the Navy he performed research work on devices for naval use - he developed a rangefinder which was adapted as part of U.S. Navy equipment. On his return to civilian life, Michelson became more interested in astronomy and in 1920, using light interference and a highly developed version of his earlier instrument, he measured the diameter of the star Betelgeuse: this was the first determination of the size of a star that could be regarded as accurate." (Nobel Prize biography).

    This volume covers a variety of subjects research by Michelson, presented so that they are accessible to those without knowledge of higher calculus.

  • Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Illustrations throughout the text. Minor rubbing at ends of spine, small bump to edge of upper board, contents faintly toned with occasional light spotting. A lovely, fresh copy in excellent condition.

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