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(fres-nel'),
Augustin Jean, French physicist, 1788-1827. See: Fresnel lens, Fresnel prism.
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In 1818, the French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788-1827) published a treatise that considered transverse light waves in a detailed mathematical way and showed that such waves would account for reflection, refraction, and diffraction just as well as longitudinal waves would.