Books for Optics Experimenters

Michael E. Knotts

In the April 1996 Light Touch column, I gleefully wrote about colorful experiments demonstrating stress birefringence in gelatin. The Nobel prize winner within me secretly hoped that someday I might achieve great fame and fortune for an astonishing discovery made while teaching children—using materials purchased at the local supermarket! Then, as I perused a display at the OSA Annual Meeting a few months later, I was shocked to discover a delightful little book for children by Vicki and Josh Cobb that described polarization experiments with "stressed-out gelatin!"

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