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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Brilliant study of the relationship between two fields usually kept miles apart: 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 Michael 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.

A needle dropped on the floor may be in our field of vision but remain unseen.

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For the ancient Egyptians the nature of light was clear–it simply was the gaze of God. However, when allowed to touch the hand as it began to move, he cried out in a voice of triumph, “It’s moving!

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. And he challenges our intellect and our imagination to reach beyond ourselves, to shape new perceptions, and even to comprehend the divine.

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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. Zajonc is cagching 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.


Door of the Rainbow. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a dazzling and unforgettable quest – an inquiry into the fundamental nature of light in our history, our world, and our lives.

Other editions – View all Catching the Light: Whatever light is, here is where we will find it. Light and eyes were not enough to grant him sight. Biomedical Fluid Dynamics Troy Shinbrot.

Account Options Sign in. In the hands of the ancient Greeks, light had become the luminous inner fire whose ethereal effluence brought sight. As crammed with culture as an overcrowded museum storeroom.

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Tue, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a Or the fact that the ancient Greeks lacked words for green and blue and Homer looked out on a “wine-dark” sea: The Entwined History of Light and Mind. No eBook available Amazon.

Academic Skip to main content. 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.

In Catching the LightArthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into history, tracing how humans have endeavored to understand the phenomenon of light. Reassembling the Social Bruno Latour. He explains the curiousness of the Greeks’ blue and green “color blindness”: With rare clarity and unmatched lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of the relationships between the multifaceted strands of human experience and scientific endeavor.

How – zajpnc a flash of recognition – do we perceive it? Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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 thee nature of light itself. The Shadow of Enlightenment Theresa Levitt. What’s the difference between seeing and perception? Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics Peter Mann.


Choose your country or region Close. What he saw was only a varying brightness in front of him. 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. Inthe surgeons Moreau and LePrince wrote about their arthuf operation on an eight-year-old boy who had been blind since birth because of cataracts.

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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 catcning.

Quantum Space Jim Baggott.

What is the puzzling phenomenon of Greek color vision? Blending mythology, religion, science, literature, and painting, Zajonc reveals in poetic detail the human struggle to identify the vital connection between the outer light of nature and the inner light of the human spirit.

And, even more puzzling, what does light look like if there is no object to reflect it? In tracing the history of light, Arthur Zajonc presents an intriguing and dramatic look at the evolution athur knowledge and the development of the human mind itself. How, then, do we catcying

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