What he saw was only a varying brightness in front of him. Light and eyes were not enough to grant him sight. How, then, do we see? What is light? 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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What he saw was only a varying brightness in front of him. Light and eyes were not enough to grant him sight. How, then, do we see? What is light? 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. In Catching the Light, Arthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into history, tracing how humans have endeavored to understand the phenomenon of light.
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.
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.
For the ancient Egyptians the nature of light was clear--it simply was the gaze of God. In the hands of the ancient Greeks, light had become the luminous inner fire whose ethereal effluence brought sight. 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. Whatever light is, here is where we will find it. 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.
CATCHING THE LIGHT
It is also a history book. A needle dropped on the floor may be in our field of vision but remain unseen. Catching the Light by Arthur Zajonc 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. Pages with related products. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Entwined History of Light and Mind.
ARTHUR ZAJONC CATCHING THE LIGHT PDF
Academic Skip to main content. And, even more puzzling, what does light look like if there is no object to reflect it? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. And he challenges our intellect and our imagination to reach beyond ourselves, to shape new perceptions, and even to comprehend the divine.