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Paper: A Conceptual and Cultural History of Gravitational Lensing
Volume: 409, Cosmology Across Cultures
Page: 57
Authors: Valls–Gabaud, D.
Abstract: By analysing the early ideas on the bending of light due to a grav- itational attraction, which led to the concept of gravitational lenses, we attempt to present an undistorted historical and cultural perspective of the subject. We show that, contrary to a widespread belief, Newton did not ponder on this topic, and that the earliest thoughts possibly come from Marat and Cavendish. We briefly review the contributions by Soldner, Chwolson and Einstein and focus on the role of F. Link, who was undoubtedly the pioneer of the subject.
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