Empire of Light: A History of Discovery in Science and Art (Compass Series) [Paperback]

Empire of Light: A History of Discovery in Science and Art (Compass Series) [Paperback]

Empire of Light: A History of Discovery in Science and Art (Compass Series) [Paperback]

Empire of Light: A History of Discovery in Science and Art (Compass Series) Paperback

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

In this history of light, Perkowitz, a condensed-matter physicist (Emory Univ.), uses the term in the broad scientific sense of the full electromagnetic spectrum, but much of his discussion focuses on its visible portion. He traces humanity’s understanding of light from both scientific and artistic viewpoints. Later portions of his text deal with light in contemporary physics research and in astronomy and cosmology. This well-written, well-rounded work will be accessible to educated lay readers, with comments on some artists’ use of light adding a pleasant touch not usually found in popularizations by professional scientists. The historical portions are generally, accurate, with just the occasional minor lapse. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.? Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Light is fundamental. Photons, massless particles, live forever, never coalescing into bigger units as do protons and electrons. The human eye’s retina is a light-sensitive outgrowth of the brain. Infrared light is linked to cosmic background radiation, the most compelling evidence that the Big Bang occurred billions of years ago. In a wondrous, mind-expanding tour of the visible world, Perkowitz, a physics professor at Emory University in Georgia, gracefully weaves science and aesthetics as he discusses the role of light in medical technology and warfare; the laws of light that underlay the telescopes and microscopes of Galileo, Newton, Anton van Leeuwenhoek; light as a determinant of the shape of the universe in Einstein’s relativity; and the expressive use of light by artists such as van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Degas, Dan Flavin and James Turrell. Along with charting the history of lighting from Phoenician wax candles to lasers, he takes us inside the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source in Long Island, New York, a football-field-size device using which he ran experiments to determine the properties of superconductors.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph Henry Press (November 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309065569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309065566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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