first edition. This paper on optics and colour theory was originally read at a public meeting of the Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg on 1 July 1756. In it Lomonosov discusses the origins of light and proposes a theory of colour based upon quanta of colour, related to his atomistic conception of matter: light arises from the vibration of three 'elements' (salt, mercury and sulphur), which emit red, yellow and blue respectively. This work was published in Latin later the same year, entitled Oratio de origine lucis sistens novam theoriam colorum and published later the same year.
Lomonosov (1711-1765) was an accomplished poet, scientist, inventor and artist, described by Pushkin as "Russia's first university", and indeed Moscow State University is named after him.
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