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Light Years

An exploration of mankind’s enduring fascination with light

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Part of the Macmillan Science book series (MACSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Brian Clegg
    Pages 1-10
  3. Brian Clegg
    Pages 11-26
  4. Brian Clegg
    Pages 27-50
  5. Brian Clegg
    Pages 51-71
  6. Brian Clegg
    Pages 72-104
  7. Brian Clegg
    Pages 105-132
  8. Brian Clegg
    Pages 133-168
  9. Brian Clegg
    Pages 169-191
  10. QED
    Brian Clegg
    Pages 192-217
  11. Brian Clegg
    Pages 218-230
  12. Brian Clegg
    Pages 231-246
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 247-262

About this book


The fully updated 2nd edition of this critically acclaimed book covers the exciting developments in light science of the past five years. Light Years is an engaging survey of everything we know of the universe's most enigmatic phenomenon and the remarkable people who have been captivated by it.


1 2 3 4 5 astronomy development economics environment physics universe

About the authors

BRIAN CLEGG has written five popular science books, including A Brief History of Infinity and The God Effect, and twenty business books; these have been translated into many languages, including German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian, Thai and Indonesian. Brian runs the website and writes, lectures and broadcasts widely about science. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and Operational Research at Lancaster University, UK, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He founded the Emerging Technologies Group at British Airways before setting up his own creativity consultancy, working with clients including the BBC, the Meteorological Office, GlaxoSmithKline, Zurich Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. Brian lives in a Wiltshire village with his wife and twins.

Bibliographic information


Reviews for previous editions:

'Extraordinary, humorous, interesting, awesome' - NewScientist

'Immensely likeable' - Guardian

'A fascinating book on a fascinating subject' - Sir Patrick Moore CBE

'Illuminates and entertains' - Sir Clive Sinclair