Light Years: An Exploration of Mankind's Enduring Fascination with Light [NOOK Book]

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This is the story of the greatest puzzle in our universe: what is light? Light Years is an engaging survey of everything we know of the universe's most enigmatic phenomenon and the remarkable people who have been captivated by it. Light Years looks over the shoulders of the great revolutionaries of light theory--Bacon, Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell and Feynman--and traces the evolution of light-driven devices from the camera to the laser.
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Light Years: An Exploration of Mankind's Enduring Fascination with Light

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Overview


This is the story of the greatest puzzle in our universe: what is light? Light Years is an engaging survey of everything we know of the universe's most enigmatic phenomenon and the remarkable people who have been captivated by it. Light Years looks over the shoulders of the great revolutionaries of light theory--Bacon, Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell and Feynman--and traces the evolution of light-driven devices from the camera to the laser.

In this revised edition, leading popular science author Brian Clegg reveals how twenty-first century scientists have achieved the seemingly impossible in bringing light to a halt, and used the quantum properties of entangled light to produce unbreakable encryption and unbelievable computers. He explains the mind-bending advances that put light at the heart of all matter and which could finally make time travel possible.

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Praise for the previous edition:
"Extraordinary, humorous, interesting, awesome."—New Scientist
"Immensely likeable."—Guardian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230553866
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: MacSci
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,326,290
  • File size: 474 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Clegg studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and Operational Research at Lancaster University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He has written five popular science books, including A Brief History of Infinity and The God Effect. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    More Than Meets the Eye

    In today's age, we take light for granted. When the sun sets, we turn on artificial lights with the flip of a switch and hardly a thought but that wasn't always the case. "Light Years" is as much about the nature of light as it is the history of scientific thought about light. Clegg not only explores how light works but also the men and women who changed our understanding. "Light Years" leaves readers with a breadth of understanding of the world around us including the answers to questions like: How does a microwave relate to the light waves we can see? Why is it said that light behaves like a wave and a particle? Why do environmentalists encourage the use of fluorescent vs. incandescent bulbs? Without a doubt, readers will never think of light the same way again.

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