DK Eyewitness Books: Light

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Penguin, Oct 4, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of light. Superb full-color photographyof original equipment, intricate scientific instruments, revealing experiments,and offering a unique "eyewitness" view inside the incredible discoveries that have transformed our world. See, how light rays bend, why things glow when they are very hot, what creates a color television picture, how microscopesand telescopes were invented, and why a leaf looks green. Learn how fiber optics can transmit light, what happens during an eclipse, why images are reversed in mirrors, how a liquid crystal display works, and what makes a hologram. Discover what causes the eerie "Will o'' the wisp," what creates a mirage, why we burnin strong sunlight, why we see rainbows, what a quantum is, how X-rays penetrate our bodies, and much, much more!

Discover the amazing world of light from ancient myths to the optic discoveries that have revolutionized modern life.

 

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Contents

6 Light myth and magic
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8 Making light
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10 Shadows
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12 Reflecting light
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14 Bending light
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16 Looking through lenses
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18 Seeing light images
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20 Bringing things closer
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38 Interference in action
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40 The electromagnetic spectrum
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42 Electromagnetic waves
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44 Atoms and light
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46 Letting light through
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48 Polarized light
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50 Light energy
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52 Electric light
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22 Making things bigger
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24 Recording light
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26 Projecting pictures
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28 Splitting light
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30 Adding light
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32 Subtracting colors
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34 Particles and waves
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36 Diffraction and interference
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54 Total internal reflection
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56 Laser light
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58 Holograms
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60 The speed of light
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62 Light in space
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64 Index
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