I am readying on Arago's experiment of 1810 in a book on the history of physics.
The author writes that Arago conducted the experiment assuming that light consisted of particles and that faster light should have a lower refraction angle than slower light. The book states that in that regard, Arago was a follower of Netwon's light theories.
As far as I can see (assumption of mine), up to this point in time, it had never really been proven that slower light refracts more (let alone that light consisted of particles).
If my assumption is right, why did Arago not just establish or propose a new law that states that the refraction angle of light is independant of the (incoming) light speed?