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

Zajonc is an 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.

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. 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.

Reassembling the Social Bruno Latour. Biomedical Fluid Dynamics Troy Shinbrot. A needle dropped on the floor may be in our field of vision but remain unseen. 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.

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Arthur Zajonc

Academic Skip to main content. Other editions – View all Catching the Light: Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a dazzling and unforgettable quest – an inquiry tje the fundamental kight of light in our history, our world, and our lives.

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.


Or the fact that the ancient Greeks lacked words for green and blue and Homer looked out on a “wine-dark” sea: What he saw was only a varying brightness in front of him. Quantum Space Jim Baggott. IB Physics Study Guide: 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.

What is the puzzling phenomenon of Greek color vision? Now, in this extraordinary and brilliant book, an experimental physicist invites us to take part in a Physics of the Piano Nicholas J. Choose your country or region Close. 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. He explores the vital connection between the outer light of nature and the inner light of the human spirit.

The Shadow of Enlightenment Theresa Levitt. Zamonc furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

qrthur Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics Peter Mann. Light and eyes were not enough to grant him cagching. 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.

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Catching the Light by Arthur Zajonc

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

My library Help Advanced Book Search. As crammed with culture as an overcrowded museum storeroom. 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 the luminous paintings of Kandinsky, from the scientific perspectives of Newton and Faraday to the revolutionary ideas of thinkers such as Einstein, Planck, and Bohr.


How, then, do we see?

It is at once a riveting story, literate and beautifully precise. Brilliant study of the relationship between two fields usually kept miles apart: Account Options Sign in. However, when allowed to touch the hand as it began to move, he cried out in a voice of triumph, “It’s moving! Whatever light is, here is where we will find it. With rare clarity and unmatched lyricism, Zajonc illuminates the profound implications of the relationships catchibg the multifaceted strands of human experience and scientific endeavor.

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Catching the Light

In the hands of the ancient Greeks, light had become the luminous inner fire whose ethereal effluence brought sight. Thf tracing the history of light, Arthur Zajonc presents an intriguing and dramatic look at the evolution of knowledge and the development of the human mind itself. What more could one ask for in a marriage between science and art?

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Inthe surgeons Moreau and LePrince wrote about their successful operation on an eight-year-old boy who catcihng been blind since birth because of cataracts.

How – in a flash of recognition – do we perceive it? The Entwined History of Light and Mind. Consider the true story, set down here in compelling detail, of the man, blind from arhhur infancy, whose eyes were surgically repaired and yet still could not see.

And, even more puzzling, what does light look like if there is no object to reflect it? And he challenges our intellect and our imagination to reach beyond ourselves, to shape new perceptions, and even to comprehend the divine.