Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and educator whose research investigates the His books include Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind;. To quantum physicist Max Planck, light consisted of discrete particles or photons. Arthur Zajonc, Author Bantam Books $ (0p) ISBN CATCHING THE LIGHT: The Entwined History of Light and Mind. User Review – Kirkus. Brilliant study of the relationship between two fields usually kept miles.

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Biomedical Fluid Dynamics Troy Shinbrot. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. With rare clarity and unmatched lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of the relationships between the multifaceted strands of human experience and scientific endeavor.

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The Entwined History of Light and Mind. IB Physics Study Guide: It is at once a riveting story, literate and beautifully precise. Choose your country or region Close. Other editions – View all Catching the Light: Quantum Space Jim Baggott.

A fascinating search into our deepest scientific mystery, Catching the Light is a brilliant synthesis that will both entertain and inform. He explores the vital connection between the outer light of nature and the inner light of the human spirit. In tracing the history of light, Arthur Zajonc presents an intriguing and dramatic look at the evolution of knowledge and the development of the human mind itself. In Catching the LgihtArthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into history, tracing how humans have endeavored to understand the phenomenon of light.

No eBook available Amazon. How, then, do we see? Account Options Sign in. From biblical times to the world of modern optics, Catching the Light is a brilliant synthesis of history, science, religion, and art that brings together the multifaceted strands of human experience to light the way to a new understanding of ourselves and our cosmos. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. A needle dropped on the floor may be in our field of vision but remain unseen.


From ancient times to the present, from philosophers to quantum physicists, nothing has so perplexed, so fascinated, so captivated the mind as the elusive definition of light. Blending mythology, religion, science, literature, and painting, Zajonc reveals in poetic detail the human struggle to identify the vital connection ghe the outer light of nature and the inner light of the human spirit.

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And Zajonc goes on to show how our quest for an understanding of light, as well as the conclusions we draw, reveals as much about the nature of our own psyche as it does about the nature of light itself.

It is a journey that leads from the temples of ancient cultures to the experiences of modern mystics, from the artistic theories of the Renaissance masters to the luminous paintings of Kandinsky, from catdhing scientific perspectives of Newton and Faraday to the revolutionary ideas of thinkers such as Einstein, Planck, and Bohr.

And, even more puzzling, what does light look like if there is no object to reflect it? He explains the curiousness of the Greeks’ blue and green “color blindness”: Whatever light is, here is where we will find it.

When the boy’s eyes were healed they removed the bandages and, waving a hand in front of the child’s physically perfect eyes, asked him what he saw. Door of the Rainbow. How – in a flash of recognition – do we perceive it? What he saw was only a varying brightness in front of him. Reassembling the Social Bruno Latour. A beautifully composed meditation. Martians of Science Istvan Hargittai.


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And he challenges our intellect and our imagination to reach beyond ourselves, to shape new perceptions, and even to comprehend the divine. Brilliant study of the relationship between two fields usually kept miles apart: Zajonc is an academic physicist who specializes in quantum physics, but his approach to the subject of light is somewhat unconventional from the perspective of many of his colleagues.

The Shadow of Enlightenment Theresa Levitt. As crammed with culture as an overcrowded museum storeroom. Odysseus gazing longingly at the “wine-dark sea”; the use of chloros green as the color of honey in Homer’s Odessey ; and Euripides’ use of the color green to describe catchinb hue of tears and blood. For the ancient Egyptians the nature of light was clear–it simply was the gaze of God.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics Peter Mann. Consider the true story, set down here in compelling detail, of the man, blind from early infancy, whose eyes were surgically repaired and yet still could not see. Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a dazzling and aethur quest – an inquiry into the fundamental nature of light in our history, our world, and our lives.

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