Chapter 1: Maxwell's Rainbow"Nothing is too wonderful to be true."
-- James Clerk Maxwell, discoverer of electromagnetism"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
-- Mae West
The supreme abundance of the telecosm is the electromagnetic spectrum, embracing all the universe of vibrating electrical and magnetic fields, from power line pulses through light beams to cosmic rays. The scarcity that unlocks this abundance is the supreme scarcity in physical science: the absolute minimum time it takes to form an electromagnetic wave of a particular length. Set by the permeability of free space, this...