Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age

Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age

Bruce Watson


Light begins at Stonehenge, the place crowds cheer a solstice dawn. After sampling myths explaining break of day, the tale strikes directly to early philosophers' queries, then during the centuries, from Buddhist temples to Biblical scripture, whilst mild used to be the soul of the divine.

Battling darkness and depression, Gothic architects crafted radiant cathedrals whereas Dante dreamed a "heaven of natural light." Later, following Leonardo's recommendation, Renaissance artists realized to catch gentle on canvas. in the course of the medical Revolution, Galileo accrued mild in his telescope, Descartes measured the rainbow, and Newton used prisms to solidify the technological know-how of optics. yet even after Newton, mild was once an enigma. Particle or wave? Did it movement via an invisible "ether"? in the course of the age of Edison and into the age of lasers, Light reveals how gentle sparked new wonders--relativity, quantum electrodynamics, fiber optics, and extra.

even if lasers now practice daily miracles, mild keeps its everlasting attract. "For the remainder of my life," Einstein acknowledged, "I will contemplate what mild is." Light explores and celebrates such curiosity.

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