Let There Be Light: The Story of Light from Atoms to Galaxies

September 29, 2008|
Let There Be Light: The Story of Light from Atoms to Galaxies
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This book is the first of its kind to devote itself at this level to the key role played by light and electromagnetic radiation in the universe. Readers are introduced to philosophical hypotheses such as the economy, symmetry, and universality of natural laws, and are then guided to practical consequences such as the rules of geometrical optics and even Einstein's well-known but mysterious relationship, E = mc2. Most chapters feature a pen picture of the life and character of a relevant scientific figure. These “Historical Interludes” include, among others, Galileo's conflicts with the Inquisition, Fourier's taunting of the guillotine, Neils Bohr and World War II, and the unique character of Richard Feynman.

Going one step beyond the popular level, this easy-to-read book gives an overall view to undergraduate and postgraduate physics students that is often missing when trying to assimilate the technical details of their courses. Through its original treatment of topics and enjoyable style of writing, it will also stimulate keen interest in general readers who are interested in science and have a basic mathematics background as well as teachers looking for basic and accurate background information.


  • Introducing Light
  • Geometrical Optics: Reflection
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Refraction
  • Light from Afar — Astronomy
  • Light from the Past — Astrophysics
  • Introducing Waves
  • Sound Waves
  • Light as a Wave
  • Making Images
  • There Was Electricity, There Was Magnetism, and Then There Was Light
  • ‘Atoms of Light’ — The Birth of Quantum Theory
  • The Development of Quantum Mechanics
  • Atoms of Light Acting as Particles
  • Atoms of Light Behaving as Waves
  • Relativity Part 1: How It Began
  • Relativity Part 2: Verifiable Predictions
  • Epilogue

Readership: Science students at undergraduate university level, lecturers of undergraduate and pre-university courses, graduates in physics and related sciences, and general readers.
Key Features:

  • Written in the style of a textbook, and easy to read for enjoyment
  • Topics are often treated in an original way on the basis of fundamental principles
  • Well-known equations such as E = mc2 are explained and derived in simple and understandable steps
  • Richly illustrated with diagrams and photographs
Title:Let There Be Light: The Story of Light from Atoms to GalaxiesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 29, 2008Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1848167164

ISBN - 13:9781848167162

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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