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Light Science

Physics and the Visual Arts

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Textbook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 1-23
  3. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 25-49
  4. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 51-88
  5. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 89-118
  6. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 119-148
  7. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 149-170
  8. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 171-202
  9. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 203-228
  10. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 229-250
  11. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 251-277
  12. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 279-303
  13. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 305-332
  14. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 333-355
  15. Thomas D. Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages 357-390
  16. Thomas Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina
    Pages C1-C1
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 391-490

About this book

Introduction

Why is the sky blue? What is the nature of light? What can visual illusions tell us about the nature of perception?

In this fully revised edition of the classic textbook, Professors Rossing and Chiaverina present the science of light – that is, the science behind what and how we see. Their 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 explores such topics as: the effects of mirrors and prisms on the color of light; 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; compact discs; photography and holography; symmetry in art and nature; color in printing and painting; and computer imaging and processing. It includes numerous problems, questions for discussion, and suggestions for simple experiments to support interactive learning.

This updated edition contains a wealth of new full-color artwork, and information on the latest developments in light source and display technologies. Requiring no prior knowledge of physics, it will appeal to students and any reader interested in the visual arts.

Keywords

prisms and refraction interference of light waves light explained light in the visual arts optical phenomena physiology of the eye color perception what is light

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Music, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.New Trier Township High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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