Bova explores the origins of light and life in the formation of our solar system; the complex and deep-seated place of light in our evolution and history; the uses of light in painting, photography, and movies; how great scientists have groped to understand the very essence of light; and a myriad of other intriguing and engaging aspects of ...
Bova explores the origins of light and life in the formation of our solar system; the complex and deep-seated place of light in our evolution and history; the uses of light in painting, photography, and movies; how great scientists have groped to understand the very essence of light; and a myriad of other intriguing and engaging aspects of illumination. 100 illustrations.
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Publishers Weekly, 1988-09-16 Prolific science writer Bova commits some howlers in this illustrated survey of lightits nature, scientific exploration and uses in technology, the arts and everyday life. ``Nowhere has lighting been used to such dramatic effect as at the 1934 Nazi party rally at Nuremberg,'' he rashly proclaims. In asserting that ``nothing in the universe travels faster than light,'' Bova neglects to mention tachyons, hypothetical faster-than-light particles believed by some physicists to exist. He touts the contributions of ``systems man'' Thomas Edison but ignores those of pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla. Despite its sloppiness, his breezy narrative holds the reader's interest as it engagingly touches upon a spectrum of topicsphotosynthetic bacteria, bioluminescent squid, fire, color mixing, mirrors, gems, human biological clocks, the history of photography, how lasers work, the birth of stars. (Oct.)
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