How much do you know about the radiation all around you?
Your electronic devices swarm with it; the sun bathes you in it. It's zooming at you from cell towers, microwave ovens, CT scans, mammogram machines, nuclear power plants, deep space, even the walls of your basement. You cannot see, hear, smell or feel it, but there is never a single second when it is not flying through your body. Too much of it will kill you, but without it you wouldn't live a year.
From beloved popular science writer Bob Berman, ZAPPED tells the story of all the light we cannot see, tracing infrared, microwaves, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves and other forms of radiation from their historic, world-altering discoveries in the 19th century to their central role in our modern way of life, setting the record straight on health costs (and benefits) and exploring the consequences of our newest technologies.
Lively, informative, and packed with fun facts and "eureka moments," ZAPPED will delight anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of our world.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Bob Berman, one of America's top astronomy writers, is the author of Zoom and The Sun's Heartbeat. He contributed the popular "Night Watchman" column for Discover for seventeen years and is currently a columnist for Astronomy, a host on Northeast Public Radio, and the science editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac. He lives in Willow, New York.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Light Fantastic 7
Chapter 2 Now You See It, Now You Don't 14
Chapter 3 The Green Planet and the Red Heat 26
Chapter 4 Hot Rays 39
Chapter 5 Ultraviolet Brings the Blues 46
Chapter 6 Danger Beyond the Violet 51
Chapter 7 Energy Rhythms 61
Chapter 8 The Exploding Sun 73
Chapter 9 No Soap 77
Chapter 10 Turning On and Tuning In 87
Chapter 11 The Speed That Destroyed Space and Time 93
Chapter 12 Microwaves Everywhere 103
Chapter 13 The Man with the X-ray Vision 112
Chapter 14 Rontgen Rays for Everyone 118
Chapter 15 What's in Your Basement? 126
Chapter 16 The Atomic Quartet 144
Chapter 17 Gamma Rays: The Impossible Light 155
Chapter 18 Cell-Phone Radiation 164
Chapter 19 Cosmic Rays 173
Chapter 20 Beams from the Universe's Birth 184
Chapter 21 Energy from Our Minds 191
Chapter 22 Ray Guns 198
Chapter 23 The Next Frontier: Zero-Point and Dark Energies 209
Chapter 24 Total Solar Eclipse: When the Rays Stop 216
Chapter 25 ETs May Be Broadcasting, but What's Their Number? 227
Chapter 26 Does Light Have a Bright Future? 236
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