Vision and visibility

  • Kohei Narisada
  • Duco Schreuder
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 322)


When we look at the role of vision in society, it seems that we meet a paradox. On the one hand, vision is an essential element in modern society. The activities of daily life are geared to the fact that human beings are essentially ‘seeing beings’, more in particular ‘daytime seeing beings’. On the other hand, it is clear that blind people can cope well, and can lead an almost normal life. The paradox is not a real one. Even a casual inspection shows that on the one hand almost all manual activities — as well as their derivatives, machine activities — require a high visual information input, whereas on the other hand, communication between human beings require only little visual information, that, additionally, can be replaced almost completely by auditory or other sensory means. It goes without saying, however, that matters like visibility, its tools, and its obstructions, are essentially of a visual nature. They are simply defined in this way. Therefore, we will devote several chapters to matters of visibility. This chapter deals with vision as well as with the different aspects of colour vision and colorimetry. The next chapter deals with visual performance. In further chapters, matters like the tools — illumination — and the obstructions — light pollution — will be discussed in detail.


Pupil Diameter Visual Pigment Blackbody Radiator Colour Temperature Road Lighting 
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