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Bruce Watson

Although nominated for an L.A. Times book prize in mathematics, "Lighting" is not just a science book. I consider this type of biography of mild, one that took me on a two-year journey through history. From the first light of invention to our own Age of Light, I tracked light's trajectory across three millennia and many disciplines -- philosophy, religion, architecture, art history, photography... The journey also took me to Stonehenge, to Gothic cathedrals, Rembrandt's studio, and into the green rolling hills of Ireland where the novel concludes with an awesome solstice sunrise. I fulfilled a cast of characters, each. And these characters, artists and dreamers and scientists alike, ultimately brought the physics of light, even appearing in the book's second half. Having finished my trip, I'll never look at the exact same way again. I doubt that you will.

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