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Optics

The energy of light carries much of the world's information from one place to another. Surgeons, dentists, dermatologists, and other medical professionals use light in its various forms to heal or repair the bo… (See Below for Full Description)
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The energy of light carries much of the world's information from one place to another. Surgeons, dentists, dermatologists, and other medical professionals use light in its various forms to heal or repair the body. Businesses and industries rely on optical scanners and "electric eye" detectors to monitor production quality, maintain security, and keep track of sales and inventory. Simple electric signs advertise products and services, and high-tech bundles of hair-thin glass fibers send voices and data around the world. All this and more is done with the power of light. Optics is one of the fundamental disciplines that has driven the technological and communications revolutions of the 20th century, and it literally defines what the world looks like today.

Optics, a new volume in the Science and Technology in Focus series, provides an overview of the theory of light as it stands today in language that students will find both interesting and easy to follow. Covering the history of optics as a science and as a technology, as well as showing the ways in which light has been put to work as a tool, this book discusses three of the great triumphs of optical physics in the 20th century in detail—the creation of laser light; the development of fiber optics and optical-based communication; and the progression toward optical computing, which is seen by many computer experts as the next great phase in information technology.

Chapters covered include:
  • The Nature of Light and Vision
  • Glimmers of Understanding
  • Following the Light
  • Light Surprises
  • Mirrors and Lenses
  • The Colors of Light
  • How People See: Eye and Vision
  • Telescopes and Microscopes
  • Taking Snapshots of the World: Optics amd Electronics
  • Invisible Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Lasers
  • Fiber Optics and Optical Communication
  • Optical Computing
  • Manufacturing Optical Instruments
  • Optics in Scientific Research
  • Optics in Medicine: Improving Surgical Procedures and Lifting Mood
  • Optics in Art and Illusions
  • The Future of Optics.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-4704-8
ISBN-10 816047049
eBook ISBN 978-0-8160-7491-4
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Science and Technology in Focus
Author Kyle Kirkland, Ph.D. and Sean M. Grady
Publication Date 10/1/2006
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Glossary. Further reading. Web sites. Tables.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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