nounPhysics , historical
The theory that light is propagated through the ether by a wave motion imparted to the ether by the molecular vibrations of the radiant body.
- He warned of the dangers of lead poisoning and hypothesized about continental drift and the wave theory of light.
- A few years earlier another member of the Royal Society, Robert Hooke, had published a wave theory of light and his own theory of colours.
- He studied continuum mechanics, lunar theory with Clairaut, the three body problem, elasticity, acoustics, the wave theory of light, hydraulics, and music.
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