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Light Science pp 173-202 | Cite as

Color Vision

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

Abstract

Color, like pitch in music, is a perceived quality. Just as pitch depends upon the frequency of a tone, color depends strongly on the frequency (or wavelength) of the light that reaches our eyes. However, that is not the whole story. In music, the perceived pitch also depends upon such things as the intensity of the sound and the presence of other sounds. Likewise, perceived color depends upon such things as brightness and context.

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© 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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