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The Nature of Light

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1.1 INTRODUCTION

Throughout history, humankind has been fascinated with the properties and behaviour of light. Light from the sun served as a catalyst in the formation of life on Earth. Solar and lunar light provided humanity with the celestial timepieces required to measure time.

We live in a world bathed in light. Light is one of the most familiar things in our lives. We see things with eyes that sense the intensity (brightness) and wavelength (colour) of light. We experience light in a variety of other ways as well. For example, we sense radiant heat when our skin is near a warm object. This is due to our skin’s reaction ...

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