How the ray gun got its zap : odd excursions into optics [E-Book] / Stephen R. Wilk.
Wilk, Stephen R.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]
1 online resource (272 pages), illustrations
englisch
9780199948017
9780199948024
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Table of Contents:
  • I. History
  • Ancient Optics : Magnification Without Lenses
  • The Solar Weapon of Archimedes
  • Claudius Ptolemy's Law of Refraction
  • Antonio de Ulloa's Mystery
  • The Miracle of St. Gascoigne
  • Rays of the Sun
  • Roy G. Biv
  • George Christoph Lichtenberg
  • Hopkinson's Silk Handkerchief
  • First Light : Thomas Melville and the Beginnings of Spectroscopy
  • Mediocrity and Illumination
  • Even If You Can't Draw a Straight Line
  • A Sea Change
  • Thomas Pearsall and the Ultraviolet
  • If at First You Don't Succeed
  • More than a Burner
  • Apply Light Pressure
  • Sound Movies, the World's Fair, and Stellar Spectroscopy
  • Déjà vu
  • The Magic Lantern of Omar Khayyam
  • II. Weird Science
  • The Yellow Sun Paradox
  • Once in a Blue Moon
  • Chromatic Dispersions
  • The Eye in the Spiral
  • Retroreflectors
  • Yes, I Was Right! It Is Obvious!
  • Edible Lasers
  • Pyrotechnic Lasers
  • Defunct Lasers
  • The Phantom Laser
  • The Case of the Oily Mirrors; A Locked Room Mystery
  • Pinhole Glasses
  • Undulations
  • III. Pop Culture
  • This is Your Cat on Lasers
  • Dord
  • Zap!
  • Mystic Cameras
  • Playing With Light
  • I Must Find That Tractor Beam
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Starbow
  • Diamonds in the Dark
  • A Popular History of the Laser
  • Pop Culture Errors in Optics
  • Pop Spectrum
  • The Telephote
  • Afterword.