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Holography Projects for the Evil Genius by Gavin D.J. Harper


Holography is a subject with one foot in the arts, and another in the sciences. (The technology behind holography is based on physics. Once understood, this foundation is an invaluable aid to the understanding of optics.) On one level, it is possible to understand relatively little science, and experiment with the creative aspects of holography, and on another level, it is possible to tap a rich vein of scientific experimentation. This makes the book appeal to a wide audience, as it is possible to get stunning results with relatively little understanding of the science. The scientist will be able to expand upon a simple repertoire of techniques, and augment the craft with improved scientific knowledge gained from the book.

As a hobby, holography underwent a surge of interest in the 70s and 80s, and then took a dip in the 90s as a result of the lack of availability of quality holographic emulsions. However, Fuji has recently released a new holographic emulsion, and other companies have followed suit. In addition, the cost of laser pointer diodes has come down drastically, making holography much more affordable and within the reach of the average experimenter.

Key Features


Hobbyists in the photography, digital imaging, and other graphics fields; scientists in physics and optics; those entering science fairs; teachers in all the areas listed.

Author Biography

Gavin D. J. Harper (Cardiff, WALES) is author of 50 Awesome Auto Projects for the Evil Genius, Build Your Own Car PC, 50 Model Rocket Projects for the Evil Genius, Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius, Fuel Cells Projects for the Evil Genius, as well as the upcoming Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels. He has just completed a BSc. (with honours) Technology with the Open University, and an MSc. Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies. Gavin will shortly be a research student at WISE Research, an alliance between the Centre for Alternative Technology and the University of East London. He holds an RYA Diesel Engine Servicing Certificate, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social, Political, and Economic Impacts of Alternative Vehicles and Fuels at the Business Responsibility, Accountability, Sustainability & Society Research Centre at Cardiff University, under Cardiff Business School.

Code No. 014833, 159 pages, ISBN 9780071624008, $34.95

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