Course Description

This course begins with a historical survey of humankind’s understanding of light and continues with chapters covering: the nature of light, color, making light, vision, atmospheric phenomena, and light in the cosmos. The course offers to the nonspecialist a view of the properties and behaviors of light as well as an understanding of human efforts to unlock the secrets of light. Learn how humankind has discovered and exploited the elusive properties of light to inform and improve our world—from rainbows to black holes, from illumination to the nature of color science, from ecological advances to the miracle of vision. Appreciate the marvels that the study of light reveals in technological advances (e.g., color printers and flat-panel TVs) and the hues of our universe (e.g., solar halos and butterfly wings). | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Optics for the Curious: A Survey of the Study, Properties, and Uses of Light
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: No prerequisites and no special knowledge of mathematics will be assumed.

Recommended reading: Michael Paesler, From Rainbows to Lasers (Self-published) The book will be made available on-line to students free of charge.