Light and Waves : A Conceptual Exploration of Physics - Steven S. Andrews
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Light and Waves

A Conceptual Exploration of Physics

By: Steven S. Andrews

Hardcover | 14 January 2023

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This book explores light and other types of waves, using this as a window into other aspects of physics. It emphasizes a conceptual understanding, using examples chosen from everyday life and the natural environment. For example, it explains how hummingbird feathers create shimmering colors, how musical instruments produce sound, and how atoms stick together to form molecules. It provides a unique perspective on physics by emphasizing commonalities among different types of waves, including string waves, water waves, sound waves, light waves, the matter waves of quantum mechanics, and the gravitational waves of general relativity. This book is targeted toward college non-science majors, advanced high school students, and adults who are curious about our physical world. It assumes familiarity with algebra but no further mathematics and is classroom-ready with many worked examples, exercises, exploratory puzzles, and appendices to support students from a variety of backgrounds.

Industry Reviews
"'Light and Waves' fills a need to educate non-science majors and laypeople on the joy of optics. This highly recommended book inspires questions, curiosity, excitement and interest in the natural universe. ... this book special is the quality of the questions, the variety of worked problems with answers, the numerous exercises and crucial additional resources." (Barry R. Masters,, October 26, 2023)

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