*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Reflections on Light

Light is arguably the essential source of life on the earth. But the nature of light is ambiguous and difficult to describe, even though the concept of light is interwoven into philosophy, theology, and the arts. In this survey, we will explore the fundamental physical nature of light and examine the role of light in a variety of areas, such as agriculture, photomedicine, technology, and the arts.

Instructor Bio:

Joseph Warden is a Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Minnesota with subsequent postdoctoral studies at the Rijksuniversiteit, Leiden in the Netherlands and the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to retirement, Dr. Warden directed the undergraduate chemistry program and taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in biochemistry and physical chemistry. His private, corporate and Federally-funded research in photobiology and biophysics is detailed in more than 100 publications.

Recommended Reading:

Although not required reading, attendees might find the following books of interest: Watson, Bruce. Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age, 2016. Walmsley, Ian. Light: A Very Short Introduction, 2015.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A407 Joseph Warden Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Th 1:00-2:30 p.m. Senior Center WL

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