Empire of Light by Sidney Perkowitz
A History of Discovery in Science and Art

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1997

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Educated as a physicist, Sidney Perkowitz has produced dozens of research papers and books, along with four popular science books, works for stage and screen, and numerous magazine articles. "Hollywood Science" combines his science background with his love of movies. Born in New York, he lives in Atlanta and is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University. He's happy to hear from readers at www.sidneyperkowitz.net.
Published September 15, 1996 by Henry Holt and Co.. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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At the same time, artists were pursuing their own investigations of light, from Caravaggio's dramatically darkened scenes to Renoir's electrically lit interiors to van Gogh's rapt evocations of natural light and color.

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Along with charting the history of lighting from Phoenician wax candles to lasers, he takes us inside the Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source in Long Island, New York, a football-field-size device using which he ran experiments to determine the properties of superco...

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