The Mystery of Light

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


In this chapter we are going to explore the intriguing question, “What is light?” The nature of light has been a topic of great interest throughout history. In the biblical story of creation, we find the creation of light mentioned already in the third verse, and elsewhere we find the statement that “God is light.” During the Golden Age of Enlightenment in Greece, four hundred years before Christ, followers of Socrates and Plato speculated that light rays leave our eyes, are reflected from objects, and are then returned, thereby allowing us to see.


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References and Suggested Reading

  1. Kirkpatrick, L. D., and Wheeler, G. F. (1995). Physics: A World View, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing, Chapter 14.Google Scholar
  2. Rossing T. D. (1990). The science of Sound, 2nd ed, Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, Chapter 3.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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