Colour (Princeton Science Library #3) (Paperback)
Why do pebbles look brighter when wet? Is there a right order in which to arrange a set of colored crayons? Are blue rooms really cold? Why do some clothes change color when ironed? What are the colors you see when you press your eyes? To answer these and other questions, Hazel Rossotti uses scientific basics--matter, energy, and eye structure--to discuss the colors of the natural world, the mechanism of color vision, and a range of color technology from ceramics to television. She includes a fascinating discussion of the uses of color, both prosaic (as for camouflage, signaling, and symbolism) and poetic (for conveying mood in art and language). Dealing with subjects from refraction to rainbows, chlorophyll to color blindness, this book will appeal both to the general reader and to the scientist.