Light enables us to see the world around us and this sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light light a very short introduction discusses early attempts to explain light the opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as isaac newton and christiaan huygens how light was recognized as an electromagnetic wave in the 19th century and . Very short introductions covers the physics of light its historical development and significance and its applications in modern science introduces the vast array of modern optical technologies from long distance communications to dvd and cd readers and writers to surgical tools. The very short introductions series from oxford university press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area these pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject. In this very short introduction ian walmsley discusses early attempts to explain light and the development of apparently opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as isaac newton and christiaan huygens he shows how light was recognized as an electromagnetic wave in the 19th century and the development of the quantum mechanics view of wave particle duality in the 20th century
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