Archive for date: August 31, 2010

Les Météores, René Descartes

August 31, 2010 | Amateur Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was hoping to find a copy of René Descartes treatment of rainbows as part of Project Gutenberg (hopefully in English) but no dice. It does appear that the Université de Québec has the work Les Météores as part of their online collection. It’s far too late for me to work on reading it (my […]

Somewhere… over the (simulated) rainbow…

August 31, 2010 | Amateur Science, Computer Graphics | By: Mark VandeWettering

A few days back, I simulated how light propagated in a single drop of water, but with a number of problems. First of all, it didn’t simulate the Fresnel equations, which describe how light is reflected and refracted at the interface between two media. This meant that in my simple model, no light is actually […]