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Light : A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age (Hardcover) (Bruce Watson)

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Light begins at Stonehenge, where crowds cheer a solstice sunrise. After sampling myths explaining First Light, the story moves on to early philosophers' queries, then through the centuries, from Buddhist temples to Biblical scripture, when light was the soul of the divine.

Battling darkness and despair, Gothic architects crafted radiant cathedrals while Dante dreamed a "heaven of pure light." Later, following Leonardo's advice, Renaissance artists learned to capture light on canvas. During the Scientific Revolution, Galileo gathered light in his telescope, Descartes measured the rainbow, and Newton used prisms to solidify the science of optics. But even after Newton, light was an enigma. Particle or wave? Did it flow through an invisible "ether"? Through the age of Edison and into the age of lasers, Light reveals how light sparked new wonders--relativity, quantum electrodynamics, fiber optics, and more.

Although lasers now perform everyday miracles, light retains its eternal allure. "For the rest of my life," Einstein said, "I will reflect on what light is."Light explores and celebrates such curiosity.

Number of Pages: 282
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Light, Optics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Bruce Watson
Language: English
Street Date: February 2, 2016
TCIN: 50160357
UPC: 9781620405598
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-0616

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