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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Maupertuis, D'arcy, D'alembert And The Principle Of Least Action In Optics: A Critical Analysis [maupertuis, D'arcy, D'alembert E O Princípio De Ação Mínima Na óptica: Uma Análise Crítica]
Author: Martins R. de A.
da Silva A.P.B.
Abstract: Maupertuis proposed in 1744 the "principle of least action", applying it to the refraction of light. This paper discusses the foundation of Maupertuis' work and the criticism it received from d'Alembert and d'Arcy. This analysis shows that the principle of least action was not well grounded, since the reflection and refraction of light do not obey a general principle of minimum.
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Date Issue: 2007
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