From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light

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"Zapped tells the story of all the light we cannot see, tracing microwaves, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves, infrared, ultraviolet, and other forms of radiation from their historic, world-altering discoveries in the nineteenth century to their central role in modern life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316311304
Branch Call Number: 535.09 BE
Characteristics: vi, 261 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Aug 22, 2019

OK but not very exciting. Aims at a very basic level indeed.

Apr 10, 2019

It was nice talking with you yesterday at Michio Kaku event. I would like to discuss more popular science books, let me know:)

Jun 21, 2018

Amazing stories. Excellent book with a sense of humor. Fun and informative read!

Jan 14, 2018

Generalist's description of the characteristics and physics of electromagnetic waves. The book suffers from the impossibility of tackling such a large "spectrum" which leaves the reader wanting more in each chapter.

Aug 13, 2017

A really, really fascinating book. I was zapped by the photo on p. 159 - - thought I was current on astronomy and was I ever wrong - - those gamma-ray bubbles are unbelievable! ! ! !
The author touches on a considerable myriad points of scientific history that is sure to interest one and all.
Highly recommended!
Now, for the nitpicking: on p. 88 the author somewhat trivializes or dismisses Nikola Tesla, and I would not be so sure, as the author is, that Tesla's power transmission experiments failed. Tesla's test of his power transmission tower, aimed at the arctic circle when the explorer he met at the NY Explorer's Club was there, in order to observe, occurred in the same time frame and proximity to the Tunguska Event. After hearing of this, Tesla immediately disassembled his tower, adamant never to try anything further until he had a receiving station as well - something he could never get the financing for.
[When I was growing up we never heard or learned of Nikola Tesla, Philo Farnsworth, Edwin Armstrong, Faraday, Pupin, et cetera - - instead it was Sarnoff, Edison and Steinmetz and I was truly annoyed and disgusted to learn so much later of who the really great ones were! Otherwise, this book is highly recommended . . . .and Tesla is still the Big Daddy of the power grid!]


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