Автор: David Greene
Название: Light and Dark
Издательство: IOP Publishing
Размер: 1,8 Мб
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In December 2001 Martin Creed was awarded the Turner Prize worth £20 000 for a work of contemporary art entitled ‘The Lights Going On and Off’. It consists of an empty room with its most conspicuous feature aptly described by its title. Clearly a book on a similar theme is timely, though unlikely to be so ﬁnancially rewarding.
This book brings together a wide range of topics that would normally be found in separate texts classiﬁed as astronomy, zoology, technology, history, art or physics. The connection is the theme of light and dark, which may alternate either in time or in space. In the time domain, slow variations often determine when animals mate and sleep, patterns deﬁned in seconds provide navigational information for sailors and ﬂashes of almost incomprehensible brevity convey messages and data around the world.
Spatial patterns in black and white deﬁne the area on which chess players compete and enable the computer at the supermarket checkout to distinguish baked beans from jam tarts.