Physics Book Review – Learn More About Light and Holography

There is more to light that meets the eye, but it is exactly that which meets the eye which intrigues us the most. Welcome to the science of holography, spectral imaging, and holographic projection. If this topic and subject interests you as much as it does me, then I’d like to recommend an extremely informational book on the topic. The title of the book is:

“Principles of Holography” by Howard W. Smith, published by Wiley- Interscience, New York, NY, 1969, 239 pages, Library of Congress Number: 69-16129, SBN: 471-08340-2.

The author of this book was a senior research assist at the research laboratories for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester New York, and his R & D department were on the leading edge of this technology back then. As you know the Eastman Kodak company was quite serious about innovation and they had put forth billions of dollars to hold their market share back in the day. At the time this book was written, it was probably one of the most comprehensive books on the topic of holography.

Today, of course there is so much more to know, but many of the basics are here, and this is a good book to start if you wish to learn about this topic. If you want to learn about the history of holography it’s all here also. Likewise, all the mathematics that go along with holographic image projection and holography is here also. The book describes the basic arrangements for holography including plane holograms and volume holograms, along with the general theory for each.

There are lots of mathematical equations for the projection of light, Temporal Filters, linear motion, and oscillatory object motion imaging. You will learn about how to illuminate with the beam, and what happens when you adjust the bandwidth, or the recording medium. There is also an analysis of third order aberrations, and the book even gets into Lasers.

Indeed, I’ve read quite a number books on holography, and I’ve even written a book on the topic titled “Holographic Projection Technologies of the Future – Killer Applications” and so I know a thing or two about the topic. I can tell you this is probably one of the best books ever written on the subject, and to think that it was written in 1969 just completely blows me away. I therefore recommended it to anyone who is serious about the research in spectral imaging or holographic technology.

Everyone should be interested in this topic because within the next five years your iPad, iPhone, smart phone, or tablet computer will allow videoconferencing by way of holograms. That technology will soon be here, and many of the world’s largest companies are right now bringing that technology to the forefront. They are designing chips which will allow this type of communication, and the equipment to run it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and take it seriously. If you have any comments, concerns, and/or questions or case studies please shoot me an e-mail as soon as possible.

Space, Time, Physics, and Possibilities – A Book Review

Understanding spacetime physics isn’t easy, but understanding the basic theories that scientists now believe paint the most realistic picture isn’t that hard to comprehend. It just takes the curiosity and the patience to focus, open your mind, and consider. But first you are going to need a good book, one which is illustrated. Also a physics reference book which can walk you through all of Einstein’s theories along with others who have added new concepts to the sciences of space/time physics.

Luckily, I own such a book, one which was published in 1966. You may think that is too old, and that we’ve learned a lot since then. And yes, yes we have, but the fundamentals are relatively the same, especially when it comes to “relativity” or the theory of. Now then, the book I’d like to recommend to you is:

“Spacetime Physics” by Edwin F. Taylor and John Archibald Wheeler, W.H. Freeman Company Publishers, San Francisco, CA, (1966), 208 pages, Library of Congress Card Catalogue Number 65-13566.

Both of the authors are/were physicists, one from MIT, and the other from Princeton. The book starts out with a discussion on the geometry of spacetime, and all the theories, rules, principles, and unknowns which go along with that. Then it gets right into momentum and energy; how they relate to mass, and the expanding universe – and there is a rare find – an absolutely fascinating dialogue on the concept of mass, light, and the arguments of spacetime physics, at least at the time in 1966. Some of which has been resolved but not all the points of view are agreed upon – humans still have more to learn.

If you’ve been stuck on anything with relation to Einstein’s theories or are hung up on curved spacetime, gravity warping, or the differences in force, mass, or the principles of relativity – you will be quite pleased to have most all of your questions answered. Those which cannot be answered or at least could not be answered back in 1966 are not there, but you will have a great understanding up until that point, and be able to ask the right questions to continue your personal research online.

My favorite points in the book were the reasoning of the various paradoxes of time, space, energy, motion, light, and so on. It’s just a really fun place to think, and this book will take your mind around the universe and back, as well as through time and back again, and thus, I come to you with this excellent book recommendation. So, please consider all this and think on it.

At First It Is Considered Magic – Physics On The Fringe Of Innovation – A Book Review

Have you ever wondered how the great researchers, explorers, and scientists achieved all they had in the past? Perhaps, a glimpse into the more recent past period and present period would suffice. How would you like to go to the edge of the Earth in search of discovery? Well, it just so happens I know of a very good book that will indeed take you there. Not just to one location, but to many locations all over the globe where great discoveries were made, discoveries that rocked the scientific community and changed the way we think, challenging past theories and understandings of all that is.

This is a wonderful book, and one I’ve had the pleasure of reading personally. Today it sits in my personal library alongside so many of the most popular science books of the greatest scientists of our day. Yes, I highly recommend that you read this book as well. The name of the book is:

“The Edge of Physics – A Journey to the Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” by Anil Ananthaswamy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, New York, NY, (2010), 322 pages, ISBN: 978-0-618-88468-1.

In this work the reader will learn of all the stories behind the scenes of some of the greatest scientists of our time, their personalities, idiosyncrasies, and work ethic. This book will inspire any scientist, future scientist, or researcher who is out for adventure to achieve major breakthroughs. Many of the stories are so amazing they are almost unbelievable. In fact, the author has carefully chosen events and tales frozen in time which seem surreal to the rest of us.

There are fascinating stories, such as the search for neutrinos in the deep polar ice, far underground. Imagine working in such a ruthless and cold environment. Well, you will meet and get to know the researchers who are making that happen. There are chapters of the great cosmologists and their telescopes and remote locations as they piece together all they can about our universe. The author takes you to the SETI project in search of extra-terrestrials, and the potential chance of first contact.

There are stories of Einstein visiting such remote locations and the meeting of minds of these great discoverers. You will also get a clear view of the ruthless (at times) competition in the sciences for accolades and Nobel Prizes in physics. This book is well footnoted, with lots of information so the reader can fully comprehend exactly the theories and research the scientists are doing in these remote parts of the globe. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I do.