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in the course of international conflict II, Japan used to be vilified via the USA as our hated enemy within the East. notwithstanding we unusual "good Germans" from the Nazis, we condemned all eastern indiscriminately as enthusiasts and savages. because the chilly battle heated up, in spite of the fact that, the U. S. executive made up our minds to make Japan its bulwark opposed to communism in Asia.
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P. 17. that Huygens' maybe remarked " following Hooke, call pulses "; having the property of periodicity. * Huygens to t is The introduction of this principle enabled Hooke and other contemporary succeed where wave-theoristsf had failed, in achieving refraction and reflexion. the explanation of His method was to combine his own principle with Hooke's device of following separately the fortunes of the right-hand and left-hand sides of a wave-front when it The actual explana- reaches the interface between two media.
Hooke's next effort was to produce a mechanical theory of " Because," he by Descartes. mediums are not Homogeneous to one says, "all transparent how this pulse or motion another, therefore we will next examine refraction, to replace that given mediums. will be propagated through differingly transparent excellent and acute most the Philosopher And here, according to of inclination in the suppose the sine of the angle medium to be to the sine of refraction in the second, as the Cartes, I Des first to the density of the second.