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  • Authored by: Charlene W. Billings and John Tabak, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Science and Technology in Focus
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816047847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4784-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 621.36
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 176


Designed to give readers a sense of wonder through its recounting of the development of lasers and the ways in which they are used, Lasers, New Edition shows how the scientists and engineers who invented lasers created them as a means of pursuing a scientific theory and then had to figure out what to do with them.

Completely current, this new edition features updated information on many topics, along with five new chapters. Leading students and general readers through the amazing complexities of the world of lasers, this volume answers basic questions about the science and technology of lasers, as well as modern uses in medicine, industry, research, communications, and the military. Additionally, it examines how and why lasers have been used as substitutes for other tools, and it offers a look at the business of laser development.

Five new chapters include:

  • Giving Light a Workout
  • Illuminating Science Anew
  • The New Power Tools
  • Lasers and Modern Life
  • Beyond the Miracle.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Glossary. Further reading. Web sites. Tables.

About the Author(s)

Charlene W. Billings holds a B.A. and an M.S. in biology and has written many science books for children and young adults.

John Tabak, Ph.D., performed graduate work at SUNY at Stony Brook University and received a degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of Facts On File's acclaimed The History of Mathematics set as well as A Look at Earth and A Look at Neptune.

Reviews and Awards

"...simplif[ies] th[is] complicated subject mixing history with scientific explanations...a valuable resource for student research and study."
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