The Story of Light

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the creation of life to the exploration of the heavens and the stars, from the origins of the earth to the possibility of life on other planets, Ben Bova unveils the beauty and science behind this phenomenon. Bova masterfully explains how light affects us every day of our lives, from our religions to our sex drives. He examines how we use light in art, science, industry, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry, and in a myriad other ways. In graphic, entertaining, and always accesible prose, the author provides fascinating insights into a great variety of subjects so that the listener will discover something new and wonderful about almost every area of knowledge, ranging from relativity and quantum physics to perspective and the use of light by great Renaissance painters. A stunning, clear, and always fascinating writer, Dr. Bova provides easy to understand examples that make available to us all even the most difficult and mind-bending concepts.

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What the Critics Say

"The abridgment, competently read by Stefan Rudnicki...is interesting and easy to understand." (Library Journal)
"Stefan Rudnicki has a deep, pleasing voice, that makes him sound like the friendly neighbor next door in a particularly philosophical mood. He breezes through this book of facts and theories about light with a comfort level that makes one think he does this every day." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not what I was expecting, but I liked it anyway

Any additional comments?

I was looking for a more scientific discussion of light regarding the physics of light and its relationship to theories like Relativity, however, I was pleased with the technical and scientific narrative and found it very rewarding. I recommend this book to those who like to learn about stuff...

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- jeffrey

Love it!

Would you listen to The Story of Light again? Why?

It was very captivating and full of interesting facts. Yeah, I would listen to it again after few moths to refresh my memory and enjoy it again


What other book might you compare The Story of Light to, and why?

Different in context, but I'd compare this book to Death by Black Hole by Neil Tyson. These two books focused on a single subject and went to great lengths to explain it to the average Joe.


Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't


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- mr Peter Mo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-07-2004
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books