Butcher, Ginger. 2010. Tour of The Electromagnetic Spectrum. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science Mission Directorate, Retrieved January 25, 2016, from Mission:Science website: http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/.
Working at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Arcand and Watzke specialize in communicating science to the public. In their book Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond, Arcand and Watzke provide an enlightening story about what light is, way beyond the light we can see with our eyes, and how humanity has discovered and worked with light’s many properties. Light illuminates this understanding with many beautiful pictures of the microscopic to the macroscopic.
“For many people, ‘light’ refers to what we as humans can detect with our eyes. However, as we’ll discuss, this is merely one small slice of the whole range of light that exists. That’s because light, including the human-detectable kind called visible light, is simply a form of energy. The light we see with our eyes is a tiny fraction of the available light in the Universe…There are other types of light with less energy than visible light, and there are forms of light with much more energy” (Light, 10). “All forms of light are energy, and the term scientists have come up with for this energy is ‘electromagnetic radiation’” (Light, 12).
“The terms light, electromagnetic waves, and radiation all refer to the same physical phenomenon: electromagnetic energy. This energy can be described by frequency, wavelength, or energy. All three are related mathematically such that if you know one, you can calculate the other two” (Tour, 5). “The electromagnetic waves that compose electromagnetic radiation can be imagined as a self-propagating transverse oscillating wave of electric and magnetic fields” (wiki). In physics, “any simple vibration is described by three factors: its amplitude, or size; its frequency, or rate of oscillation; and the phase, or timing of the oscillations relative to some fixed time (see harmonic motion)” (encyclopedia.com).
I open the possibility of a connection: when people describe their experience of an energizing group, they often describe the vibrancy of the group they experience, and the harmonic of the interactions. They might be describing, consciously or unconsciously, their experience of the light they experience in the interactions with others. I also offer the connection to the possibility that we humans are Homo lumens, beings of light, which I have discussed briefly in a previous blogpost.