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A celebration of artificial light sources

Exploring the human ingenuity, history, science and technology of all electrically powered light sources

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World Scientific

From Edison to LEDs: The Science and Story of Light Sources

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Did you know that until the early twentieth century, artificial light sources only served the purpose of illuminating our surroundings? Since then, significant changes have taken place. Light is now utilized in various ways beyond just space illumination. From semiconductor chip manufacturing to high-speed data communications, the increasing number of applications has led to the development of different kinds of light-producing devices. Some light sources even generate light through radioactive decays!

If you have wondered how we managed to progress from a simple lightbulb to energy-efficient LEDs, put your doubts to rest now. Delve into From Edison to LEDs: The Science and Story of Light Sources to embark on a fascinating journey to see how the earliest attempts at creating electric light, resulted in multi-billion-dollar industries that are dependent on the various light-producing devices of today. In the book, author and leading expert, Dr Faiz Rahman, explores the fascinating journey of light-emitting device developments from the nineteenth century to the present. This book offers readers a systematic exploration of the advancements that have shaped the transition from simple light bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs.

Dr Rahman's expertise shines throughout the book, from his exploration of Edison's incandescent light bulb to the latest advancements in light-emitting diodes. By introducing the underlying physics of light as an electromagnetic phenomenon, the book ensures a strong scientific basis for the journey ahead. Expect to see a coverage of both common and some very uncommon light sources. Written in an engaging style and jam-packed with insightful explanations, going through this volume will greatly add to the knowledge of any reader. While some technical sections may require a deeper understanding, the majority of the content is accessible to high school students and is highly recommended for aspiring young scientists.

Discover an enthralling journey of light sources in From Edison to LEDs. The book takes readers through an enthralling journey, covering almost every known major technique for producing light. Told in eight chapters, the book traces the captivating developments in optical science and electromagnetic radiation. It chronologically describes the stories and accompanying technologies of both common and uncommon light sources, primarily focusing on visible light. Devices that emit invisible radiation are also covered for comprehensiveness. Not only do we learn about the basic scientific principles and the engineering behind various devices, we are also introduced to the brilliant minds behind their creations. With richly illustrated accounts, the book unveils rare illustrations and captivating anecdotes.

For readers seeking to explore the realm of optical sciences, this book would cultivate a profound appreciation for electromagnetic radiation in their daily lives. It offers a comprehensive understanding of light generation and utilization. This would enable readers to grasp the transformative potential across various fields. All in all, this is a volume that is a well-needed read for all scientists and engineers, and an absolute must read for those who are directly involved with the business of light in any way

From Edison to LEDs: The Science and Story of Light Sources retails for US$58 / £50 (paperback) and US$128 / £115 (hardcover) and is also available in electronic formats. To order or know more about the book, visit


About the Author

Faiz Rahman has been involved with developments in the technology of light sources and detectors for over twenty-five years. His interest in this field was kindled during his postdoctoral work on detectors for Herschel and Planck space telescopes. Later, he got involved with the development of photonic crystal LEDs for Sharp Corporation's televisions. Still later, Dr Rahman worked on several innovative semiconductor light detectors and emitters. Advanced LEDs developed by him were commercialized through a spin-out company. Befitting his deeply personal engagement with this field, this book presents an expert's perspective on lighting technologies. At present, Dr Rahman's research focus is on exploring new technologies for making hyperspectral emitters and detectors, single-chip LIDARs and coming up with novel schemes for optical lithography.

About World Scientific Publishing Co.

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