Children of Light

The Astonishing Properties of Light that Make Us PossibleMichael Denton

In Children of Light, biologist Michael Denton elucidates the miraculous convergence of properties on the tiny band of the electromagnetic spectrum that allows intelligent life to flourish on Earth. Follow the fascinating journey of light as it beams down from our Sun, through the protective blanket of our atmosphere, to the Earth, where it powers photosynthesis and unlocks the oxygen needed for life. Learn how visual light allows the high-acuity vision that led us to civilization and technology. Explore how light is part of the epic story of our fine-tuned universe, fit for us to flourish here and come to understand it.

About the Author

Michael Denton is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He holds an MD from Bristol University and a PhD in biochemistry from King’s College in London. His previous books include Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, Nature’s Destiny, and Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis.

About the Series

This book is part of the Privileged Species Series, which explores how our universe and planet are especially fit for life like human beings. Previous volumes in the series include The Wonder of Water and Fire-Maker: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet. Find out more about the book series and its companion documentaries at