Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind Paperback – 20 Apr 1995
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`a multi-levelled history about virtually everything that human beings have thought about light and seeing in the last three thousand years... ...I have not enjoyed a book so much for a long time.Oliver Sacks
`a small gem of a book'James Gleik, Washington Post
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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.See all Product description
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And this is a book itself deeply rooted in a productive and beautiful Imagination. You can read, for example, how the legend of the Holy Grail can be an allegory for the growth of scientific understanding, how a spiritual and humble son of an impoverished blacksmith became arguably the most beloved and competent practical scientist of all time, how quantum theory both weakened and reinforced the security of scientific understanding, some ecological implications of that quantum theory, how Goethe considered his scientific insights far superior to his literary ones (and why he may have been correct), and so much more. This well-written, exciting book shows science can be as beautiful as poetry, and full of adventure, beauty, and mystery. Don't miss it if you are at all interested in how science and spirit/art can be compatible after all.
The flavor of chapters and sections are given by quoting esteemed people. Among those quoted are Emily Dickinson, the Egyptian god Ra, Najm Razi, Albert Einstein, Lao-tzu, Milton, St. Paul, Black Elk, John Ruskin, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Goethe, and Augustine. These names alone should help persuade one that this is not another esoteric science book.
If you think you understand either light or mind then you must be one of Einstein’s rascals, mentioned at the start of this book. Don’t be a rascal. Read this book!
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