Meteorologische Optics

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    THE subject of “meteorological optics” has scarcely yet reached recognition as a distinct branch of physical science, as one of which it were desirable that the phenomena should be systematically gathered together in order that? the interaction of all the circumstances affecting any one group of appearances might be the more clearly appreciated. The various matters which may be legitimately included under such a title have, individually, not failed of their full share of attention and discussion?in the nature of the case they have from the earliest times been the subject of curious, though not always careful, observation and speculation, and of most of the phenomena an explanation, at any rate approximate, has already been satisfactorily given. The cause of the blue of the sky and of the “twinkling” of, the stars, the theory of mirage, of the rainbow, of halos and mock suns, of all these much has been written, and by many physicists of eminence, but an ethaustive classification of all the questions which fall within the domain of meteorological optics has perhaps hardly been attempted.

    Meteorologische Optik.

    By Prof. J. M. Pernter. In three parts. Pp. 558. (Vienna and Leipzig: W. Braumüller, 1902–6.)

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    Meteorologische Optics . Nature 75, 577–578 (1907) doi:10.1038/075577a0

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