From check-out counter scanners to compact disc recordings to fiber optical systems, lasers have become an integral part of modern society. LASER tells the fascinating story--past, present, and future--of these remarkable beams of light and how they are transforming our daily lives. A new preface brings the text up to date on the latest laser technology. 44 illustrations.
Engrossing story -- past, present, and future -- of tools that use light instead to perform a host of functions -- from providing superb fidelity on CDs and conveniences at the check-out counter to transforming surgical processes and improving telephone service and TV reception. "A fascinating, comprehensive book for the layman. Richly, readably thorough." -- "Wall Street Journal."