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The physics of invisibility : a story of light and deception, Martin Beech

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The physics of invisibility : a story of light and deception
Title
The physics of invisibility
Title remainder
a story of light and deception
Statement of responsibility
Martin Beech
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Language
eng
Summary
"Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that, 'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.' These words most certainly ring true with respect to invisibility cloaking devices. At work is the magic of science, of course. The technology to make an object simply disappear from view is now a reality. There is both great fear and great desire in the thought of invisibility. Indeed, for thousands of years, authors have grappled with the idea. Power, devilry, secrecy, ethical dilemma, and moral corruption - invisibility has it all. And yet, our waking world is full of familiar invisible phenomena. Electricity flowing along a metal wire, the gravity that keeps us grounded, the air we breathe, the bacteria and viruses that make us ill, the X-rays that reveal our broken bones - all are invisible to our eyes. They surround and envelop us, and we don't give them a second thought. Nature long ago learned how to play tricks with light rays, enriching the world with rainbows, mirages, and animal camouflage. The new physics of invisibility simply aims to take these tricks of nature a few steps further. Indeed, by learning what light is and how it interacts with matter, physicists have begun to take control of light - with metamaterials, which, man made, can be precisely melded, warped, twisted, transformed, and even time-edited. In this book the ancient and modern story of light and invisibility is revealed, from early Greek speculations to the remarkable works of James Clerk Maxwell. The new and burgeoning field of transformation optics is also explored, and the story behind the development of the first fully functional invisibility cloak is charted"--P. [4] of cover
Biographical or historical data
Martin Beech is a Professor of Astronomy at Campion College, the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. He has written numerous research articles on topics ranging from meteor physics, Martian meteories, stellar structure and evolution, cosmology, the history of science and mathematical number theory. He lives in Regina with more than visible wife, a brother-in-law, five dogs (a.k.a The Five Pugs of the Apocalypse) and three cats - there are times when he certainly wishes he could be invisible
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BTCTA
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1959-
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Beech, Martin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC355.3
LC item number
.B44 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Invisibility
  • Light
  • Physics
  • Science
Label
The physics of invisibility : a story of light and deception, Martin Beech
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Of all things visible and invisible -- A very brief history of light -- Mirror tricks, the art of cloaking and seeing the impossible -- Maxwell's marvelous waves -- The metamaterial revolution -- Afterword -- Appendix
Control code
733239620
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 206 p.
Isbn
9781461406150
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011938685
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)733239620
Label
The physics of invisibility : a story of light and deception, Martin Beech
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Of all things visible and invisible -- A very brief history of light -- Mirror tricks, the art of cloaking and seeing the impossible -- Maxwell's marvelous waves -- The metamaterial revolution -- Afterword -- Appendix
Control code
733239620
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 206 p.
Isbn
9781461406150
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011938685
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)733239620

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