Chapter 5 Radiation and Spectra

5.7 For Further Exploration

For Further Exploration


Augensen, H. & Woodbury, J. “The Electromagnetic Spectrum.” Astronomy (June 1982): 6.

Darling, D. “Spectral Visions: The Long Wavelengths.” Astronomy (August 1984): 16; “The Short Wavelengths.” Astronomy (September 1984): 14.

Gingerich, O. “Unlocking the Chemical Secrets of the Cosmos.” Sky & Telescope (July 1981): 13.

Stencil, R. et al. “Astronomical Spectroscopy.” Astronomy (June 1978): 6.


Electromagnetic Spectrum: An introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum from NASA’s Imagine the Universe; note that you can click the “Advanced” button near the top and get a more detailed discussion.

Rainbows: How They Form and How to See Them: By meteorologist and amateur astronomer Joe Rao.


       Doppler Effect: ESA video with Doppler ball demonstration and Doppler effect and satellites (4:48).


How a Prism Works to Make Rainbow Colours: Short video on how a prism bends light to make a rainbow of colours (2:44).


Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. NASA Mission Science video tour of the bands of the electromagnetic spectrum (eight short videos).

Introductions to Quantum Mechanics

Ford, Kenneth. The Quantum World. 2004. A well-written recent introduction by a physicist/educator.

Gribbin, John. In Search of Schroedinger’s Cat. 1984. Clear, very basic introduction to the fundamental ideas of quantum mechanics, by a British physicist and science writer.

Rae, Alastair. Quantum Physics: A Beginner’s Guide. 2005. Widely praised introduction by a British physicist.


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