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Light Science

Physics and the Visual Arts

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina

Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 1-22
  3. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 23-48
  4. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 49-78
  5. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 79-104
  6. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 105-127
  7. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 129-150
  8. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 151-171
  9. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 173-202
  10. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 203-224
  11. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 225-243
  12. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 245-262
  13. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 263-280
  14. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 281-302
  15. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 303-332
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 333-442

About this book

Introduction

Visual arts depend on light to communicate, and an understanding of the physical properties of light and color should enhance the communication for both the artist and the viewer.
This book is intended for students in the visual arts and for others with an interest in art, but with no prior knowledge of physics. It presents the science of light - that is, the science behind what and how we see. The approach emphasizes phenomena rather than mathematical theories and the joy of discovery rather than the drudgery of derivations - the opposite of "heavy science".
The text includes numerous problems, questions for discussion, and suggestions for simple experiments. It considers such questions as
- why is the sky blue?
- what is the nature of light?
- how do mirrors and prisms affect the color of light?
- how do compact disks work?
- what can visual illusions tell us about the nature of perception?
And it discusses such topics as: the optics of the eye and camera; the physiology of the eye and the nature of color vision; the different kinds of sources of light; photography and holography; symmetry in art and nature; color in printing and painting; computer imaging and processing.

Keywords

Prism interference light explained light visual art optics physiology visual arts what is light

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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