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Ultraviolet light and its uses

Language:  English
This book is an introduction and guide to ultraviolet light, covering the elemental science and facts, and surveying and explaining its many practical uses.
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Ultraviolet Light and Its Uses is a short introduction and guide to ultraviolet light (UV) and its many and varied practical uses. It covers the elemental basics of ultraviolet and other forms of electromagnetic radiation, shows a plethora of practical and interesting uses of ultraviolet light that the reader can do, and gives a survey of its uses in more advanced areas including medicine, science and industry. The book includes links to further online readings, image galleries and videos, along with quizzes and short assignments that can be done as part of self-study or a class.

About the author

David Cycleback is Director of Center for Artifact Studies ( ), an internationally known scholar working in cognitive science, philosophy and artifacts history, and a best-selling author. He was runner-up for the International Book Award for Philosophy for Noise Music: Cognitive Psychology, Aesthetics and Epistemology and a four-time Eric Hoffer Award Finalist. In their second printing by China's National Photographic Art Publishing House, his guides Judging the Authenticity of Prints by the Masters and Judging the Authenticity of Photographs were the first comprehensive books on the subjects published in Asia, and Art Perception is one of four books students are recommended to study in preparation for India's Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) for postgraduate studies in technical design. He has been a practicum coordinator for the University of Washington, and an authenticity researcher for Arizona State University's Society for American Baseball Research. His other books include Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems, Understanding Human Minds and Their Limits, Limits of Science, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, and Authenticating Art and Artifacts: An Introduction to Methods and Issues.
  1. About the author
  2. Introduction
    1. Introduction to book
    2. Safety precautions
    3. Acknowledgments
  3. What is ultraviolet light?
    1. Introduction to the nature of ultraviolet light and light
    2. The different categories of ultraviolet, including blacklight
  4. Your first tool for this guide: a blacklight
    1. The blacklight
    2. Buying your blacklight
    3. Quiz questions
  5. How to use your blacklight
    1. How to use your blacklight
    2. Safety of blacklight
    3. Test your blacklight around the lab, office or house
    4. Assignment 
  6. Ultraviolet light frequently asked questions
    1. Where does ultraviolet light come from?
    2. How was UV discovered?
    3. Why can’t we see ultraviolet light?
    4. Are there animals that can see ultraviolet light?
    5. What blocks ultraviolet light?
    6. How does blacklight make things fluoresce?
    7. How do they make blacklights?
    8. Quiz 
  7. Practical and interesting uses for your blacklight
    1. Invisible ink pens and secret messages and security
    2. UV ink hand stamps for dance clubs, bars and concerts
    3. Authenticating driver’s licenses, credit cards and similar
    4. Checking the cleanliness of kitchens, labs and bathrooms
    5. Finding rats and mice
  8. Blacklight in examining art, memorabilia, artifacts and collectables: introduction
    1. Identifying modern reprints and forgeries of paper art, memorabilia and artifacts
    2. Black light and optical brighteners
    3. Tips for better results
    4. Further reading
  9. Identifying counterfeit US currency
    1. Overview and methods
    2. Videos of other currencies
  10. How to identify restoration and alterations in art, artifacts and collectibles
    1. Overview and methods
    2. Forgeries as alterations
  11. Examining cloth
    1. Overview
    2. Optical brighteners and modern cloth 
    3. Alterations to cloth items
  12. Paintings and paint
  13. A standard technique for identifying trading card reprints: direct comparison
    1. Overview and methods
    2. Optional assignment
  14. Art glass
    1. Assignment
  15. Making fluorescent art, designs & crafts
    1. Art from invisible pen ink and other materials 
    2. Blacklight Theater
    3. UV photography
    4. Assignment
  16. Shortwave/UVC light
    1. Buying a UVC light
    2. Safety
    3. Gems and minerals identification and display 
    4. Fluorescent and phosphorescent postage stamps
  17. Ultraviolet light in science, industry and medicine
    1. Irradiation, purification and sterilization
    2. Ultraviolet astronomy
    3. Criminal Scene Investigations (CSI)
    4. Health and medicine
    5. Other uses for UV
  18. Final quiz and assignment
    1. Final book encompassing quiz questions
    2. Final assignment
  19. A very quick look at the other forms of light
    1. Gamma rays
    2. X-rays
    3. Infrared
    4. Microwaves
    5. Radio waves
About the Author

David Cycleback