The Story of Light
Sourcebooks, Inc., 2002 - 464 páginas
The story of light affects us every day of our lives...
In highly visual, entertaining and easy-to-understand language, famed science writer Ben Bova explains the many ways light affects our minds, bodies and universe.
--Why do people kiss with their eyes closed?
--What exactly is quantum physics?
--Why is it difficult to swat a mosquito?
--Is the universe expanding or contracting?
--How do lasers work?
--What do we "see" when we dream?
In this all-encompassing work, one of the most noted science fiction as well as nonfiction writers of our time explores the subject of light and shows how it has shaped every aspect of our existence.
From the creation of life to the exploration of the heavens and the stars, from the origins of the earth to the possibility of life on distant planets, Ben Bova unveils the beauty and science behind this phenomenon. Dr. Bova masterfully explains how light affects us every day of our lives, from our religions to our sex drives, as well as how we use light in art, science, industry, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry and much more.
"The enlightenment of discoveries and the brilliance of Ben Bova combine to enable our minds to glimpse the majesty of the infinite worlds of light in the universe."
"Superbly written--a banquet of topics served by a master literary chef!"
--Bill Pogue, Skylab astronaut
"The Story of Light is a light-hearted, enlightened romp through many facets of human experience, reflected and refracted through Bova's bright, polychromatic mind."
--David Grinspoon, Principal Scientist, Southwest Research Institute and author of Venus Revealed
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Bova is an award-winning sf writer whose credentials include involvement in the U.S. Space Program and president emeritus of the National Space Society. In 1988, his The Beauty of Light was voted one ... Ler crítica na íntegra
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 Prometheusand Eve
The Glow of Health
Light and Lust
Through a Glass
Sword of Light
Bright Beams of Laser Light
Fibers Discs and Solar Cells
Bright Shining Beads
Fingerprints from Rainbows