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Dr. Wayne H. Knox (from the University of Rochester), "Optics from 3000 BC to 3000 AD"

Date: 03/25/10
Time: 4-6:00 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Lounge and Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Gonzalez, x3724, gonzalej@engr.newpaltz.edu

We spend a lot of time keeping up with the very latest developments in optical science and technology, but we don't really spend very much time thinking about the opposite: "How old is optics?" In this talk, we explore how ancient discoveries in optics were made, and how many of these important discoveries made their way to modern things that we use every day. For instance, we find out how old glass is (old!), which experiment led to fiber optics that revolutionized communications, and that physicians were using optical devices to cauterize wounds as early as the 5th century BC.