Our World of Light and Color

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Throughout history, the knowledge and culture of each civilization has been expressed through its science, its literature, and its arts. To fully appreciate the beauty of our natural world, we should appreciate and understand both the scientific and the artistic interpretations. The physicist’s sunset, the poet’s sunset, and the artist’s sunset are complementary to each other. The main purpose of this book is to expand our view of the world around us by helping to develop an understanding of the science of light.


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References and Suggested Readings

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

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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