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The optics book : fun experiments with light, vision & color
Levine, Shar, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Explores the properties of light and color by means of experiments and analysis of various optical instruments including periscopes, and telescopes.
General Note:
Includes index.
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What could be more important than light? It makes plants grow; gives us food; lets us see bright, beautiful colors; and provides warmth. But to grasp the nature of light--and vision--we must understand optics. These delightful hands-on experiments vividly demonstrate the workings of absorption, reflection, refraction, and more. Toast marshmallows by the sun's intense heat. Create a "ray box," and view the entire spectrum through a water prism, and a rainbow in soap bubbles. Or try filters to really see the world through rose-colored glasses! Along with a materials list, the book includes safety instructions, explanations of the scientific principles underlying each experiment, a note on color blindness, and a glossary. The authors both live in Vancouver, British Columbia. 80 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10. NEW IN PAPERBACK

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. This large-format book leads readers through a series of science activities that explore light. Topics covered in the six chapters include light rays, reflection, refraction, color, polarization, vision, and optical instruments. Illustrated in full color with cartoonlike drawings and diagrams as well as photographs of equipment and results, the pages have a more inviting look than most books of science projects. The description of each suggested activity includes a brief introduction, a list of materials, step-by-step directions, and a commentary on "what happened." Yes, much of the material here is available in other books, but the attractive format will make it an appealing choice for students. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Thirty-seven activities, organized into categories: "Light Rays & Reflection," "The Speed of Light & Refraction," "Light & Color," "Polarization," "Eyes & Vision," and "Optical Instruments." Each section opens with a two-page orientation followed by experiments, each of which has an interest-catching introduction, a list of materials, step-by-step procedures, and a "What Happened" summation. Captioned diagrams and color photographs show procedural details and help to clarify concepts. General safety tips are included in the preface. Occasional sidebars explore related topics such as "What Causes Rainbows?" and "Binocular Vision." Most of the experiments require readily available materials; a few call for special items, such as polarizing filters and concave and convex lenses. Directions for many of the projects, such as making rainbow bubbles or a pinhole camera, can be found elsewhere, but the extensive background information and inviting format of this book make it a useful source of science activities for individuals and classes exploring optics.-Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.