The story of light

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Bova is a science fiction and nonfiction writer who here reworks an earlier book, The beauty of light (1988). In plain English, his broad-ranging guide describes the ways light has shaped every aspect of human existence, from religions to sex drives to art. Four sections (each of which can be read independently of the others) focus on the human visual system and light's effects on our lives and societies; how scientists over the years have studied light, and what they've learned; how light has been deployed in art, science, and technology, beginning with Ice Age cave paintings; and what the stars in the sky are revealing to astronomers, physicists, and cosmologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents To See -- Creatures of the Light -- From Darkness to Light -- As Clear as Air -- The Eyes Have It -- "The Vision and the Faculty Divine" -- The Gifts of Prometheus--and Eve -- The Glow of Health -- Light and Lust -- To Learn -- Faster Than a Speeding ... -- Waves of Light -- The Ultimate Barrier -- To Use -- "I'll Do Your Looking for You" -- Through a Glass ... -- Lights, Action ... -- Sword of Light -- Bright Beams of Laser Light -- Fibers, Discs, and Solar Cells -- Bright Shining Beads -- To Seek -- The Lights in the Sky -- Fingerprints from Rainbows -- Extrasolar Planets and SETI -- The Starry Messengers.
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