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. Choose your country or region Close. Reassembling the Social Bruno Latour. In Catching the LightArthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into history, tracing how humans have endeavored to understand the phenomenon of light.

Light and eyes were not enough to grant him sight.

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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. For the physicist Richard Feynman, a quantum particle travels all paths, eventually distilling to one path whose action is least–the most beautiful path of all. 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 the hue of tears and blood.

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. What’s the difference between seeing and perception? What more could one ask for in a marriage between science and art? How – in a flash of recognition – do we perceive it? However, when allowed to touch the hand as it began to move, he cried out livht a voice of triumph, “It’s moving! With rare clarity and lightt lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of the relationships between the multifaceted strands of human experience and scientific endeavor.


It is at once a riveting story, literate and beautifully precise. Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a dazzling and afthur quest – an inquiry into the fundamental nature of light in our history, our world, and our lives. The Shadow of Enlightenment Theresa Levitt.

In arthir hands of the ancient Greeks, light had become the luminous inner fire whose ethereal effluence brought zajocn. Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a Inthe surgeons Moreau and LePrince wrote about their successful operation on an eight-year-old boy who had been blind since birth because of cataracts.

As crammed with culture as an overcrowded museum storeroom. Physics of the Piano Nicholas J. A fascinating search into our deepest scientific mystery, Catching the Light is a brilliant synthesis that will both entertain and inform. Quantum Space Jim Baggott. From ancient times to the present, from philosophers to quantum physicists, nothing has so perplexed, so fascinated, so captivated the mind as arthut elusive definition of light. My library Cafching Advanced Book Search.

Martians of Science Istvan Hargittai. He explains the curiousness of the Greeks’ blue and green “color blindness”: 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. A beautifully composed meditation.

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In our contemporary world of modern quantum physics, science plays the greatest part in our theories of light’s origin–from scientific perspectives such as Sir Isaac Newton’s “corpuscular theory of light” and Zajpnc Faraday’s “lines of force” to such revolutionary ideas as Max Planck’s “discrete motion of a pendulum” the basis of quantum mechanicsAlbert Einstein’s “particles of light” and “theory of relativity,” and Niels Bohr’s “quantum jumps.

Other editions – View all Catching the Light: From the glories of heaven to the fires of hell, no question has so tne, so mystified, so captivated the human imagination through the centuries as the wondrous powers of light.


With rare clarity and an unmatched lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of rainbow and candle, prism and mirror, as well as the paradoxes of quantum theory. IB Physics Study Guide: Whatever light is, here is where we will find it. And he challenges our intellect and our imagination to reach beyond ourselves, to shape new perceptions, and even to comprehend the divine.

What he saw was only a varying brightness in front of him. For the ancient Egyptians the nature of light was clear–it simply was the gaze of God. 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.

Brilliant study of the relationship between two fields usually kept miles apart: How, then, do we see?

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Academic Skip to main content. What is the puzzling phenomenon of Greek color vision? And, even more puzzling, what does light look like if there is no object to reflect it?

Zajoc 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.

A needle dropped on the floor may be in our field of vision but remain unseen. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.