Light : a radiant history, from creation to the quantum age / Bruce Watson.

Author
Watson, Bruce, 1953- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description
xiv, 282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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Summary note
"Delving into mythology, religion, philosophy, painting, and science, 'Light' captures the wonder and awe of humanity's study of light across three millennia of discovery"--Front jacket flap.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-271) and index.
Contents
"This light is come" : myths of creation and first light -- "The thing you call light" : early philosophers from Greece to China -- :The highest bliss" : the millennium of divine radiance -- "A glass like a glittering star" : Islam's Golden Age -- "Bright is the noble edifice" : paradise in the Middle Ages -- Chiaro e scuro : light and dark on canvas -- "Investigate with me what light is" : the Scientific Revolution and the Century of Celestial Light -- "In my darken'd chamber" : Isaac Newton and "Opticks" -- "A wild and harmonized tune" : the Romantics and the light seductive -- Undulations : particle vs. wave -- Lumière : France's dazzling century -- "Little globe of sunshine" : electricity conquers the night -- c: Einstein and the quanta, particle, and wave -- "Catching up with our dreams" : lasers and other everyday wonders.
ISBN
  • 9781620405598 ((HB))
  • 1620405598 ((HB))
  • ((ePub))
OCLC
907966073
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