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Starting with Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Physics of Light explores the true nature of light, peers inside the atom, and looks ahead to the most cutting edge theories in physics. This intriguing 6-part series uses the medium of light to explore the concepts of physics from familiar theories, such as Newton's Law of Gravity, to the latest in scientific research, like string theory and M-theory.
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PBSThe Physics of Light DVD
 
3.1

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Excellent explanation of complicated topics

I thought this series gave an excellent description of the problems that various thinkers have had to solve on the way to the scientific realizations we take for granted today. It described the ideas...Read complete review

I thought this series gave an excellent description of the problems that various thinkers have had to solve on the way to the scientific realizations we take for granted today. It described the ideas of Galileo, and his thoughts on gravity, and why they were such a break with the traditional Greek thought accepted up to that point. They even explain the Greek thinking! Then, they move into Einstein, and what he was thinking about all of light and gravity, and how he stood on the shoulders of giants before him. And thats just in the first episode.

This is an awesome find, and as a lay fan of physics, I learned several things I had not heard covered in myriad other places. This series is well worth the expense!

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Screwed up something most laypeople would miss re: twins

In the opening scene it shows two twins, one in a fast moving space craft and one on earth. It says tha time flows more slowly for the moving twin. However, it fails...Read complete review

In the opening scene it shows two twins, one in a fast moving space craft and one on earth. It says tha time flows more slowly for the moving twin. However, it fails show that either twin is justified in saying the other is the moving one, which would mean each twin would see the other as having a slower clock. It's only when the twin in the space craft breaks the symmetry by turning around to return, changing reference frames (while the earth bound twin remains in the same reference frame throughout the trip), that we get the effect where the twin on earth has aged more. At the destination point prior to returning to earth, BOTH twins up until that point have seen the other twin's clock as running at half the speed of her own clock.

Granted, I don't think explaining this would have worked very well with the target audience, but it's still a blatant physics error.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!

By Lindscmt

from Boise, ID

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Comments about PBS The Physics of Light DVD:

The Physics of Light attempts, with great success, to explain the rather complicated subject of light/physics. By means of dramatized examples and explanations, and an exploration of the brilliant minds of the past, this documentary presents lucid concepts that can be understood by the layperson. The documentary was made in South Korea with American English voiceover. The translation from Korean to English is well done: literate, interesting, engrossing. ("Let us enter the mind of the genius," referring to Einstein's observations.) If you want to understand more about physics, do not miss The Physics of Light. It's the best documentary I've seen on the topic.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really quite great.

By Al

from Prefer not to mention, thanks.

Comments about PBS The Physics of Light DVD:

This is though provoking, exemplary, and easily understandable (if you actually TRY to understand it, though) . All the episodes are in a stream - you have to have watched one to really start to understand the others. Their examples are a conglomeration of the very best - the most genius, the most simple and relatable explanations from eras of science. Graphics are a little cheesy, admittedly, but they help to paint a picture. Very good, and it would be great to buy because you can keep watching it. This is just one of those things that you pick up something you missed every time you watch it again.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent explanation of complicated topics

By Johnathan

from Denver, CO

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Comments about PBS The Physics of Light DVD:

I thought this series gave an excellent description of the problems that various thinkers have had to solve on the way to the scientific realizations we take for granted today. It described the ideas of Galileo, and his thoughts on gravity, and why they were such a break with the traditional Greek thought accepted up to that point. They even explain the Greek thinking! Then, they move into Einstein, and what he was thinking about all of light and gravity, and how he stood on the shoulders of giants before him. And thats just in the first episode.

This is an awesome find, and as a lay fan of physics, I learned several things I had not heard covered in myriad other places. This series is well worth the expense!

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Screwed up something most laypeople would miss re: twins

By Elite Team Killer

from U.S.

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Comments about PBS The Physics of Light DVD:

In the opening scene it shows two twins, one in a fast moving space craft and one on earth. It says tha time flows more slowly for the moving twin. However, it fails show that either twin is justified in saying the other is the moving one, which would mean each twin would see the other as having a slower clock. It's only when the twin in the space craft breaks the symmetry by turning around to return, changing reference frames (while the earth bound twin remains in the same reference frame throughout the trip), that we get the effect where the twin on earth has aged more. At the destination point prior to returning to earth, BOTH twins up until that point have seen the other twin's clock as running at half the speed of her own clock.

Granted, I don't think explaining this would have worked very well with the target audience, but it's still a blatant physics error.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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THE PHYSICS OF LIGHT

By SAM

from GULF BREEZE, FLORIDA

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Comments about PBS The Physics of Light DVD:

I WAS DISAPOINTED WITH THE METHOD OF PRESENTING THE MATERIAL. THERE WAS SO MUCH MATERIAL I HAD TO LISTEN TO BEFORE GETTING TO THE REAL MEAT OF THE MATERIAL. THIS WAS THE CASE ON DISK ONE - QUANTUM MECHANICS - AS WELL AS DISK TWO ON OTHER SUBJECTS LIKE STRING THEORY.

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