Catching the Light

Catching the Light : The Entwined History of Light and Mind

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'This is a most persuasive book on a most important subject. I recommend it highly.' Saul Bellow With scholarship and clarity, Arthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into scientific history. Yet Catching the Light is not just about science; it is a book of ideas that blends science with literature, religion, philosophy, and morality and tries to answer the question that has mystified humanity from pre-history to the present day: what is light?

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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings
  • 0195095758
  • 9780195095753
  • 237,275

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'a multi-levelled history about virtually everything that human beings have thought about light and seeing in the last three thousand years... ...I have not enjoyed a book so much for a long time. Oliver Sacks 'a small gem of a book' James Gleik, Washington Post

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With rare clarity and unmatched lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of the relationships between the multifaceted strands of human experience and scientific endeavor. A fascinating search into our deepest scientific mystery, Catching the Light is a brilliant synthesis that will both entertain and inform.

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About Arthur G. Zajonc

Arthur Zajonc is a Fellow of both the Lindisfarne Association and the Fetzer Institute. As a specialist in quantum physics, he has lectured all over the world and is the recipient of a prestigious 1992 Fulbright scholarship.

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