a multi levelled history about virtually everything that human beings have thought about light and seeing in the last three thousand years I have not enjoyed a book so much for a long time Oliver Sacks a small gem of a book James Gleik, Washington PostThis is a most persuasive book on a most important subject I recommend it highly Saul Bellow With scholarship and clarity, Arthur Zajonc takes us on an epic journey into scientific history Yet Catching the Light is not just about science it is a book of ideas that blends science with literature, religion, philosophy, and morality and tries to answer the question that has mystified humanity from pre history to the present day what is light