Light and Optics Light I : Particle or Wave?

by Nathaniel Stites, M.A./M.S.

Further Exploration

How Light WorksC. Freudenrich, Howstuffworks - A good summary of the light/particle nature of light.

A Contemporary Explanation for the Source of LightLight might be the result of a breaking of a fundamental symmetry relationship in special relativity.

Interference and Diffraction PatternsC. Colwell, PhysicsLab Online - A concise mathemetical description of intereference and diffraction as relevant to Young's experiment.


Thomas Young

Thomas Young


Experiments and Calculations Relative to Physical OpticsThomas Young, Philosophical Transactions - Original 1803 text of Young's presentation as published in the journal of the Royal Society.

News & Events

Young's Experiment in Top Ten Most BeautifulNew York Times

Frozen LightScientists manipulate the speed of light for computing applications.

Current Science NewsNews from around the world of science.


Google ScholarGoogle - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Pulse Addition AppletExperiment with constructive and destructive interference with this wave pulse addition tool.

Young's ExperimentA simple guide to reproducing Thomas Young's famous experiment with light.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-Dylan Thomas,
1914 - 1953

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