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First public access to the draft Descartes, Mydorge and Beeckman: The Evolution of Cartesian Lens Theory 1627-1637” which is Appendix 1 of the ms Descartes Agonistes—Physico-Mathematics, Method and Corpuscular Mechanism 1618-33. This Appendix supports the arguments about how and when Descartes discovered the law of refraction of light, developed in Chapter 4 of Descartes Agonistes. It should be read in conjunction with the paper “Descartes Opticien”, posted under ‘Research on this site. This Appendix may be taken as directly continuing the arguments therein, especially as foreshadowed in Section 5.2.


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