Thomas Young



Thomas Young was not afraid to call Newton’s particle theory of light into question. His famous “double-split” experiment showed unequivocally the wave nature of light. However, in the race to decipher the Rosetta Stone, Young lost out to his rival, the Frenchman Jean-François Champollion.


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  1. Thomas Young, 1823. An Account of Some Recent Discoveries in Hieroglyphical Literature and Egyptian Antiquities. John Murray, 194 pp.Google Scholar
  2. Muriel Mirak Weissbach, 2000. ‘Jean François Champollion and the True Story of Egypt’. 21st Century Science & Technology magazine 12 (4), 26–39.Google Scholar
  3. Andrew Robinson, 2007. ‘Thomas Young and the Rosetta Stone’. Endeavour 31 (2), 59–64.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. John Ray, 2007. The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt. Harvard University Press, 208 pp.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HeerdeThe Netherlands

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