Dimmer switch. This is the inside of the switch. The working components of a dimmer switch consist of a rheostat (variable resistor, lower left). Turning a circular knob increases the resistance in the rheostat, thereby lowering the amount of voltage available to the light and dimming it. This is a somewhat innefficient solution, since a lot of power is lost as heat energy from the resistor. More efficient modern systems rapidly switch the electrical supply on and off to effect the same result.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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