Light Fantastic is the title of a television documentary series that explores the phenomenon of light and aired in December 2004 on BBC Four. The series comprised four programmes respectively titled: "Let There be Light"; "The Light of Reason"; "The Stuff of Light"; and "Light, The Universe and Everything." The material was presented by Cambridge academic Simon Schaffer.
The Third episode charts the discovery of the true nature of light and the subsequent development of modern technology such as electricity and mobile phones.
The pioneers are credited as James Clerk Maxwell; Joseph Swan William Armstrong; Thomas Edison; Wilhelm Röntgen; J.J Thompson; and Max Planck.
In 1847, as a sixteen year-old, Maxwell was taken to see one of the minor scientic wonders of the Victorian world: A prism made from a special Icelandic crystal.