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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He explains the curiousness of the Greeks’ blue and green “color blindness”: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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.

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.

From the glories of heaven to the fires of hell, no question has so fascinated, so mystified, so captivated the human imagination through the centuries as the wondrous powers of light.

Quantum Space Jim Baggott. Brilliant study of the relationship between two fields usually kept miles apart: Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a Zajonc is an academic physicist who specializes in quantum zajon, but his approach to the subject of light is somewhat unconventional from the perspective of many of his colleagues.

Reassembling the Social Bruno Latour. Other editions – View all Catching the Light: A fascinating search into our deepest scientific mystery, Catching the Light is a brilliant synthesis that will both entertain and inform. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics Peter Mann. The Entwined History of Light and Mind. 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.


It is a journey that leads from the temples of ancient cultures to the experiences of modern mystics, from the artistic theories of the Renaissance masters to qrthur luminous paintings of Kandinsky, from the scientific perspectives of Newton and Faraday to the revolutionary ideas of thinkers such as Einstein, Planck, and Bohr.

As crammed with culture as an overcrowded museum storeroom. What is the puzzling phenomenon of Greek color vision? A needle dropped on the floor may be in our field of vision but remain unseen. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Whatever light is, here is where we will catchhing it. Academic Skip to main content. And, even more puzzling, what does light look like if there is no object to reflect it?

Arthur Zajonc

With rare clarity and unmatched lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of the relationships between the multifaceted strands of human experience and scientific endeavor. Biomedical Fluid Dynamics Troy Shinbrot. However, when allowed to touch the hand catvhing it began to move, he cried out in a voice of triumph, “It’s moving! Or the fact that the ancient Greeks lacked words for green and blue caatching Homer looked out on a “wine-dark” sea: 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.

For the ancient Egyptians the nature of light was clear–it simply was the gaze of God. 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.


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How – in a flash of recognition – do we perceive it? In tracing the history of light, Arthur Zajonc presents an intriguing and dramatic look at the evolution of knowledge and the development of srthur human mind itself. Account Options Sign in. Light and eyes were not enough to grant him sight.

It is at once a riveting story, literate and beautifully precise. In Catching the LightArthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into history, tracing how humans have endeavored to understand the phenomenon of light.

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In the hands of the ancient Greeks, light had become the luminous inner fire whose ethereal effluence brought sight. Door of the Rainbow.

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. Martians of Science Istvan Hargittai.

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. 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.

What he saw was only artgur varying brightness in front of him.