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The Story of Light | [Ben Bova]

The Story of Light

From the creation of life to the exploration of the heavens and the stars, from the origins of the earth to the possibility of life on other planets, Ben Bova unveils the beauty and science behind this phenomenon. Bova masterfully explains how light affects us every day of our lives, from our religions to our sex drives. He examines how we use light in art, science, industry, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry, and in a myriad other ways.
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Publisher's Summary

From the creation of life to the exploration of the heavens and the stars, from the origins of the earth to the possibility of life on other planets, Ben Bova unveils the beauty and science behind this phenomenon. Bova masterfully explains how light affects us every day of our lives, from our religions to our sex drives. He examines how we use light in art, science, industry, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry, and in a myriad other ways. In graphic, entertaining, and always accesible prose, the author provides fascinating insights into a great variety of subjects so that the listener will discover something new and wonderful about almost every area of knowledge, ranging from relativity and quantum physics to perspective and the use of light by great Renaissance painters. A stunning, clear, and always fascinating writer, Dr. Bova provides easy to understand examples that make available to us all even the most difficult and mind-bending concepts.

©2001 Ben Bova; (P)2001 Fantastic Audio

What the Critics Say

"The abridgment, competently read by Stefan Rudnicki...is interesting and easy to understand." (Library Journal)
"Stefan Rudnicki has a deep, pleasing voice, that makes him sound like the friendly neighbor next door in a particularly philosophical mood. He breezes through this book of facts and theories about light with a comfort level that makes one think he does this every day." (AudioFile)

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    "Well done!"

    I approached this book with some trepidation since science topics tend to either be watered down, or texts in the guise of popular books. However I should not have worried. Bova made the topic light as engaging as his many science fiction novels (in fact, I felt this moved at a pace surpassing his fiction, and with more humor), and the coverage of the topics were comprehensive, but thoroughly enjoyable and accurate.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Blythewood , SC, USA 10-15-04
    Roger Blythewood , SC, USA 10-15-04 Member Since 2003
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    Enjoyed book enough to listen to it twice on my last vacaton

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    Matt Parkland, FL, USA 06-09-07
    Matt Parkland, FL, USA 06-09-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Amazing! Stunning!"

    This is one of the best I've heard for having such a conversational writing style. I was sad when it was over and wished he had delved deeper into some of the topics. Being a photographer, I am totally intrigued with the whole subject of light. This story was informative and sent my imaginationon a trip thru the solar system.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Livonia, MI, US 09-10-12
    Charlie Livonia, MI, US 09-10-12 Member Since 2001
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    "A great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For those interested in the history & science of light without the text book it is a great listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of Light?

    The discussion of the particle theory of light being displaced by the wave theory of light and then combining the theories.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emphasizes the ironies.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Langhorne, PA, USA 07-17-10
    John Langhorne, PA, USA 07-17-10
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    "The story of Light"

    This is, by far the most enjoyable educational book I have ever listened toO, and I am 66 and listened to thousands of books of this type.
    I can say nothing but thank you, as I am passing it on to my 8 Grandchildren

    Again, THANK YOU.

    JOHN SCHMIDT

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 10-28-08
    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 10-28-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Good on multiple fronts"

    I'm a photographer who loves science. This book covers light in interesting ways as well as has some excellent scientific segments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Love it!"
    Would you listen to The Story of Light again? Why?

    It was very captivating and full of interesting facts. Yeah, I would listen to it again after few moths to refresh my memory and enjoy it again


    What other book might you compare The Story of Light to, and why?

    Different in context, but I'd compare this book to Death by Black Hole by Neil Tyson. These two books focused on a single subject and went to great lengths to explain it to the average Joe.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't


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