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Battling darkness and despair, Gothic architects crafted radiant cathedrals while Dante dreamed a 'heaven of pure light.' Later, following Leonardo's advice, Renaissance artists learned to capture light on canvas. During the Scientific Revolution, Galileo gathered light in his telescope, Descartes measured the rainbow, and Newton used prisms to solidify the science of optics. But even after Newton, light was an enigma.
Particle or wave? Did it flow through an invisible 'ether'? Through the age of Edison and into the age of lasers, Light reveals how light sparked new wonders - relativity, quantum electrodynamics, fiber optics, and more. Although lasers now perform everyday miracles, light retains its eternal allure. "For the rest of my life," Einstein said, "I will reflect on what light is." Light explores and celebrates such curiosity.
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By Fed Barona on 06-15-18
Slow starter but stick with it!
A little tough at times to “purely listen to” without looking at the diagrams referenced in the discussion but way worth the time. It starts off a little sounding like it will be a philosophy lecture but if you stick with it, you get into an engaging discussion of the science and history of our current knowledge on LIGHT!
If you aren’t interested in listening to physics, theories and the history of folks who chased the knowledge of not only how light behaves but what it actually is, then give this a hard pass.
By CRAIG on 08-29-16
GREAT BOOK - UNTIL THE SURPRISE ATHEIST EPILOGUE
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A solid summary of the history and science of light. An enjoyable book. However, he somehow finds it necessary to add an epilogue condemning near death experiences. Without the slightest supporting argument or evidence he states that all near death books are fakes looking for quick money. What this has to do with the history and science of light is beyond me. Please leave the blind ideological stuff at home! Totally spoiled an otherwise well written book.
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