I'm trying to find the original papers describing Young's double slit experiments including his experimental set-ups and findings. I've tried looking and all I can find is http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/63005#page/498/mode/1up and http://rstl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/92/12 But neither are papers describing the experiments.

  • $\begingroup$ This is not about history of science in anyway. $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2015 at 3:24
  • $\begingroup$ @KprimeX reference requests have been allowed, and there have been upvoted questions approved by mods asking for original papers $\endgroup$
    – Cicero
    Nov 10, 2015 at 3:25
  • $\begingroup$ But the tag is not of reference request. $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2015 at 3:27
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    $\begingroup$ I have already added it, waiting for approval. $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2015 at 3:32
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    $\begingroup$ See here hsm.stackexchange.com/questions/2629/… $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2015 at 6:04

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In this sandbox I made an excerpt for myself. All citations are originally in English, some comments are in German. At the end there is a link to "A Course of Lectures on Natural Philosophy and the Mechanical Arts".

BTW, diffraction of light was known long before Young. Francesco Maria Grimaldi wrote in his book "Physicomathesis de lumine, coloribus et iride aliisque annexis, libri II" in 1665 about diffraction from a rod and a pinhole.

An amazing fact is, that Young's sketches about water waves and their interferences sometimes is interpreted as a sketch for light interference (Fig. 267).

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    $\begingroup$ ...so do you have a link to the original sources or not? $\endgroup$
    – Danu
    Nov 10, 2015 at 12:28

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