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Definition of Optics


  1. That branch of physical science which treats of the nature and properties of light, the laws of its modification by opaque and transparent bodies, and the phenomena of vision.

Optics Quotations

Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
Claude Debussy

In fiber optics, the cable is a light pipe or waveguide, into which you inject light. If a finger presses on the pipe, it disrupts that light within the waveguide.
Jefferson Han

Optics, developing in us through study, teach us to see.
Paul Cezanne

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
Walter Benjamin

In things to be seen at once, much variety makes confusion, another vice of beauty. In things that are not seen at once, and have no respect one to another, great variety is commendable, provided this variety transgress not the rules of optics and geometry.
Christopher Wren
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Optics Translations

optics in French is optique
optics in German is Optik
optics in Italian is ottica
optics in Spanish is optica
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