The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass by Laura ScalzoFirst, let me say that I don’t prefer fiction, never mind young adult fiction. I read this book because I’m friends with the husband of the author, and I wanted to be supportive. But, please keep reading...
I struggled to connect to the protagonist. A modern, maybe even spoiled teenager with divorced (and well-off) parents. But soon, she came to life, and a series of small crises showed what she was made of.
Scalzo takes the reader on a journey through well-researched history, supernatural curiosity, and a deep appreciation for life and death and even tragedy. I found myself inside the mind of this young lady, and I forgot that I was reading a book. I don’t remember that happening to me before.
This is a book marketed to young adults, but this is truly a work of art. Every once in a while, you come across a book that you have to read again, only because you weren’t smart enough to fully see its depth the first time. This is one of them.
Laura, I’ve never met you, but I love how you see the world and what it’s capable of. Your optimism, despite all humanity has been at its worst, shines through in The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass.
I hope this is first of many.
The Speed of Light is NOT About Light
How Fast Does Light Travel? | The Speed of Light
But let's approach the question by considering its various meanings. Light is slowed down in transparent media such as air, water and glass. The ratio by which it is slowed is called the refractive index of the medium and is usually greater than one. When people talk about "the speed of light" in a general context, they usually mean the speed of light in a vacuum. They also usually mean the speed as measured in an inertial frame.
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When light traveling in a vacuum enters a new transparent medium, such as air, water, or glass, the speed is reduced in proportion to the refractive index of the new material. This interactive tutorial explores the reduction in the speed of light as a function of refractive index in common substances. The tutorial initializes with a light wave traveling through air simulated by a clear block at a speed of , In order to operate the tutorial, use the Refractive Index of Material slider to change the composition and refractive index of the block between a range of 1. As the slider is translated to the right, the refractive index increases and the speed of light subsequently decreases. The refractive indices and names corresponding to common materials are displayed above the slider handle.