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Slow Light: Invisibility, Teleportation, and Other Mysteries of Light 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521640084
ISBN-10: 1848167520
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"This excellent little book tells of the truly marvelous properties of light that have been revealed in the last half century or so. Highly recommended." --Choice

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Slow Light is a popular treatment of today's astonishing breakthroughs in the science of light. Even though we don't understand light's quantum mysteries, we can slow it to a stop and speed it up beyond its Einsteinian speed limit, 186,000 miles/sec; use it for quantum telecommunications; teleport it; manipulate it to create invisibility; and perhaps generate hydrogen fusion power with it. All this is lucidly presented for non-scientists who wonder about teleportation, Harry Potter invisibility cloaks, and other fantastic outcomes. Slow Light shows how the real science and the fantasy inspire each other, and projects light's incredible future.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press; 1 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848167520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521640084
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I became aware of this book through an article in the e-Magazine of the British Interplanetary Society.
At once I had to have it and placed an order through Amazon. It turned up in the mail one Friday as I was on the way to a rock concert, so naturally I took it with me. Once I started to read I could not put it down.
Professor Perkowitz provides a clear and concise explanation of the many strange and wonderful properties of light as encountered in the physical world and as used in the science fiction genre, with crossover between the two.
The writng is not too technical but is backed up by comprehensive reference listiing.
I would highly recommend this book to any with an interest in the sciences.
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"Slow light" is a not to technical study of the speed of light in various media. My personel curiosity was the "slow" part of Slow Light. My curiosity was satisfied.
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