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The Wonders of Light

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  • Date Published: August 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107477414

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  • Discover the spectacular power of light with this visually stunning celebration of the multitude of ways in which light-based technology has shaped our society. Be inspired by state-of-the-art science: sixteen beautiful, straightforward chapters demonstrate the science behind the fascinating and surprising ways in which light can be harnessed and used, from displays, solar cells and the Internet to advanced quantum technologies. Be dazzled by brilliant color: dramatic design and radiant color illustrations bring cutting-edge science and groundbreaking innovations to life, clearly explaining the fundamental principles behind them. Be part of something bigger: published in association with the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) to celebrate the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light, it is perfect for anyone interested in the frontiers of science, engineering or medicine, and in the phenomenal technological advances that have been made possible by human innovation.

    • A highly visual book with a modern, eye-catching design
    • Provides simple explanations of high-tech, advanced scientific concepts, written by leading scientists - but in a gentle, literary style
    • Independent, standalone chapters can be read in any order you choose
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The Wonders of Light provides a fantastic panorama of the many ways light impacts on our lives and the role light technologies will play in the development of future society. The authors are internationally renowned experts in science and science communication, and the book is written in a way which is scientifically accurate at the same time as being accessible to a broad audience. This is really a one-of-a-kind publication which is sure to have an enduring impact with a very wide appeal. Its publication in 2015 is timed perfectly with the International Year of Light."
    John Dudley, Chairman, International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies 2015 Steering Committee

    "If you are looking for a book about science that, like a favourite piece of music, poem or artwork, makes your skin tingle, this is it. A wonderful, multifaceted cascade of colour, fascination and art that, with perfect timing, elegantly introduces the astonishing things that scientists and engineers are doing with light."
    Philip Russell, President, Optical Society (OSA) and Director, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107477414
    • length: 142 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 183 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 50 colour illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cold
    2. Gentle
    3. Sharp
    4. Focus
    5. Virus attacks
    6. Optogenetics
    7. Fast
    8. Random walks
    9. Displays
    10. Connected
    11. Privacy
    12. Riddles
    13. New materials
    14. Catch that energy!
    15. Lighting
    16. Sensing.

  • Authors

    Marta García-Matos, Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Marta García-Matos is a physicist, writer, and Outreach Project Manager in the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), specialising in projects that further the public understanding of science.

    Lluís Torner, Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Lluís Torner is the Founding Director of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He is a Fellow of the European Physical Society, the European Optical Society, and the Optical Society of America.

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