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Light Years and Time Travel: An Exploration of Mankind's Enduring Fascination with Light

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PRAISE FOR LIGHT YEARS AND TIME TRAVEL

"This immensely likeable work of pop science traces 'man's enduring fascination with light, ' from Aristotle's plans for a death ray (burning enemy ships with a giant array of mirrors) to a recent experiment that seems to have sent Mozart's 40th Symphony faster than light, and thus back through time. Clegg is very good at explaining the bizarre properties of light."
-The Guardian

"A fascinating book on a ...

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Light Years and Time Travel: An Exploration of Mankind's Enduring Fascination with Light

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Overview

PRAISE FOR LIGHT YEARS AND TIME TRAVEL

"This immensely likeable work of pop science traces 'man's enduring fascination with light, ' from Aristotle's plans for a death ray (burning enemy ships with a giant array of mirrors) to a recent experiment that seems to have sent Mozart's 40th Symphony faster than light, and thus back through time. Clegg is very good at explaining the bizarre properties of light."
-The Guardian

"A fascinating book on a fascinating subject. It brings together all aspects of light in an unusual and compelling manner."
-Sir Patrick Moore

"Light's properties often seem mysterious to the point of being unfathomable. Yet in this extraordinary book, Brian Clegg manages to explain them through the lives of those so fixated with light that they have shaped our perception of it. . . . Clegg's accessible writing style manages to encapsulate the lives of light's disciples with humorous and interesting anecdotes . . . quite awesome!"
-New Scientist

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New Scientist
Extraordinary... Clegg's accessible writing style manages to encapsulate the lives of light's disciples with humorous and interesting anecdotes... Clegg also provides real scientific insight into how light behaves. He explains complex theories through lucid metaphors, without resorting to the elaborate diagrams so beloved of some popular science writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471211822
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/25/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN CLEGG holds a degree in physics from Cambridge University and a master's degree in operational research. A consultant and well-known columnist in the business and technology field, he is the author of a dozen books, including Creativity, Imagination Engineering, and Instant Brainpower.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1. At the Speed of Light 1
2. The Philosophers 13
3. Out of the Darkness 32
4. Engines of Light 63
5. Seeing Further 90
6. Light's Anatomy 134
7. Death of the Ether 171
8. Fearful Symmetry 216
9. QED 246
10. Gyger! Tyger! 281
Further Reading 302
Picture Credits 306
Index 307
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