A pretty useless book ive read some excellent books in this series the most recent brilliant one is short introduction to stars by andrew king which is simply brilliant clear accessible but this book on light is worse than completely incoherent. Light a very short introduction ian a walmsley very short introductions covers the physics of light its historical development and significance and its applications in modern science introduces the vast array of modern optical technologies from long distance communications to dvd and cd readers and writers to surgical tools. Light enables us to see the world around us our sense of sight provides us with direct information about space and time the physical arrangement of the world and how it changes this almost universal shared sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light across the ages but the light we see is just a small part of the whole spectrum of electromagnetic . Light enables us to see the world around us and this sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light light avery short introduction discusses early attempts to explain light the opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as isaac newton and christiaan huygens how light was recognized as an electromagnetic wave in the 19th century and . In this very short introduction ian walmsley discusses early attempts to explain light and the development of apparently opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as isaac newton and christiaan huygens
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