Sir Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, and Thomas Young: Probability Theory, Quantum Theory, and the Properties of Light





Sir Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, and Thomas Young: Probability Theory, Quantum Theory, and the Properties of Light
Anthony Ambrosius Aurelius

“Sir Isaac Newton was so obsessed with the nature of light and color that he was willing to stick needles into his eyes to chase after the discovery of lights elusive properties. By performing a series of experiments, Newton realized that color was simply an aspect of light. Newton wanted to ascertain which matter when observed is a mere property of light and which matter when observed is formulated by the nervous system. Newton did not understand if color was inside of light or if color was inside the eye, which prompted him to develop new experiments to examine these hypotheses. Due to Newton’s burning desire to understand the function of light and color, he took a sewing needle referred to as a “bodkin” and poked it into the bottom of his eye which allowed him to figure out that he was sitting in a room filled with light, even if his eyes were shut, and when he prodded his eye with a needle, some of the light would continue make it into his retina and become interpreted by the brain as light, with a broad blueish circle appearing within his visual field. This permitted Newton to become the first person to explain the phenomena of rainbows, more specifically that white light hides an entire palette of colors within itself.

Newton wondered what light was, what it was made of, and how it would behave if it was broken down into its smallest components. Newton noticed that light moved in straight lines, as this explained the edges of shadows, the straight lines of rays of light as it peers in through a window to partially light up a dark room, and the darkness which emerged during a total solar eclipse. From these observations, Newton recognized that light must consist of a stream particles which he referred to as “corpuscles”, (pronounced “core-puss-ulls”) with a ray of light acting like a stream of bullets which strike the retina of the eye.

Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens (pronounced “kris-chan hoy-guns”) shared Newton’s insatiable curiosity but disagreed vehemently with his premise of the theory of how and why light behaves the way it does. Despite a lifelong struggle with depression, Huygens managed to accomplish an enormous amount of scientific work with the example of peering through a telescope which he designed and built himself, discovering Saturn’s moon Titan. Huygens also invented the pendulum clock, working out the mathematical formulas necessary to create a pendulum with an arc which would accurately and consistently measure uniform increments of”

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