Inspired by Light: Reflections from the International Year of Light 2015 Book

Inspired by Light: Reflections from the International Year of Light 2015, is a collection of 56 blog posts from researchers, industry professionals, students, NGO representatives, a Nobel laureate, and other authors from 24 countries that were published on the IYL 2015 blog. This book, to be published in January 2016 for distribution at the IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony, was produced by SPIE in concert with the European Physical Society and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) to celebrate the achievements of IYL 2015. Contributions in the book cover, light in culture, education, science, and technology with essays that pay homage to the people throughout history who have advanced light-based technologies, and to the many ways humanity has been influenced and inspired by light.

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) has been a tremendously successful global initiative with thousands of events reaching millions of people in over one hundred countries.  A very important activity of the year has been providing various forums for members of the different communities participating on IYL 2015 to be able to share their different perspectives, both with each other but also with the wider public. To this end, a cornerstone action of IYL 2015 has been the IYL 2015 blog, where volunteers generously took the time to provide a written record of their own involvement with light science and technology, or their particular involvement with the International Year of Light.


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