Living Light

Living Light

Living Light

Living Light

Excerpt

Twenty-five years have passed since the author first started investigation of living light and twenty years since the publication of The Nature of Animal Light. From 1920 on, much progress has been made in our knowledge of light emission by living things-bioluminescence. "Living light" includes this new work but is much more than a second edition of the older book. New chapters dealing with the morphology and physiology of light production in various groups of luminous animals have been introduced and other aspects completely rewritten to include the recent experiments. Special attention is devoted to various types of non-living luminescence. The historical approach has been adopted and each chapter will be found complete in itself, presenting the subject matter of interest to biologist, chemist or physicist.

Much of the literature on animal light is made up of reports that this or that animal is luminous or of records of a especially brilliant phosphorescence of the sea. Among those who have inquired more fully into the nature and mechanism of light production may be mentioned Anderson, Beijerinck, Dahlgren, Dubois, Ehrenberg, Heller, Johnson, Kanda, Kishitani, Krukenberg, Mangold, McDermott, Okada, Panceri, Phipson, Pierantoni, Pratje, Quatrefages, Spallanzani, Tilesius, Trojan, van Schowenburg and Zirpolo. It is surprising that Darwin scarcely mentions animal light in his "Origin of Species."

To these names must be added the great scientists in other fields, men whose interest was aroused by animal light but whose energy was expended in other directions. Boyle, Newton, Franklin, Priestley, Reamur, A. von Humboldt, Des saignes . . .

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