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Sky in a bottle

Peter Pesic ©2005

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  • Title:
    Sky in a bottle
  • Author: Peter Pesic
  • Subjects: Science -- History; Physics -- History; Inquiry (Theory of knowledge); Science -- Popular works; Kunst -- Wissenschaft; Inquiry (Theory of knowledge); Physics; Science; Farbenlehre; Azur; Farbe; Farbenlehre; Forschung; Himmel; Kunst; Wissenschaft; Azur (Farbe); Farbe; Forschung; Himmel; Geschichte; Geschichte; History; Popular works
  • Description: Out of the blue -- Ultramarine -- Peacock blue -- Shades of blue -- The blue flower -- True blue -- Blue laws -- Blue riders -- Midnight blue -- The perfect blue.
    "Children ask, "Why is the sky blue?" but the question also puzzled Plato, Leonardo, and even Newton, who unlocked so many other secrets. The search for an answer continued for centuries; in 1862 Sir John Herschel listed the color and polarization of sky light as "the two great standing enigmas of meteorology." In Sky in a Bottle, Peter Pesic takes us on a quest to the heart of this mystery, tracing the various attempts of science, history, and art to solve it. He begins with the scholars of the ancient world and continues through the natural philosophers of the Enlightenment, the empiricists of the scientific revolution, and beyond. The cast of characters includes Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Kepler, Descartes, Euler, Saussure, Goethe, Rayleigh, and Einstein; but the protagonist is the question itself, and the story tells how we have tried to answer it."--Jacket.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press
  • Creation Date: ©2005
  • Format: 262 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN0262162342;ISBN9780262162340
  • OCLC Number: 57675819
  • Institution Zone MMS ID: 991000021749703376$$I01TRAILS_MSU_GFC
  • Network Zone MMS ID: 9910231917503366
  • CKEY: 1176227$$I01TRAILS_MSU_GFC1176227$$I01TRAILS_UGF
  • Source: 01TRAILS ALMA

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