Synopses & Reviews
Discover the amazing world of light -- from ancient myths to the optic discoveries that have revolutionized modern life. Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of light. Superb full-color photography of original equipment, intricate scientific instruments, revealing experiments, and 3-D models offers a unique "eyewitness" view to the incredible discoveries that have transformed our world. See why ancient peoples worshipped the Sun as a god, how light rays bend, why things glow when they are very hot, what creates a color television picture, how microscopes and telescopes were invented, and why a leaf looks green. Learn how fiber optics can transmit light, what happens during an eclipse, why images are reversed in mirrors, how a liquid crystal display works, and what makes a hologram. Discover what causes the eerie "Will o' the wisp", how some animals can make their own light, what creates a mirage, why we burn in strong sunlight, what a polarizing filter does, why we see rainbows, what a quantum is, how X-rays penetrate our bodies, and much, much more!
The folks at DK have almost singlehandedly rejuvenated if not reinvented the often moribund world of non-fiction books for children. [Eyewitness series] (Newsweek)
...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] (The New York Times)
These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] (School Library Journal)
DK gives a new look to the series that forever changed the nonfiction genre and set the standard for highly informative visual guides. These titles, and those to follow in future seasons, form an indispensable library for the whole family.
Science Titles: These six volumes are part of DK's first set of U.S - published Eyewitness Books. Each volume focuses on a different field of science, and each features clear, expertly written text, color and black - and - white photos, charts, graphics, and 3 - D models -- all of which combine to make complex scientific concepts easy to understand.
Art Titles: Each highly informative visual guide traces the life and work of a great artist, using superb full - color photography to bring the artist's work to life and to explore the conditions and motivations that inspired it.