Discovery of the Physics of Color

  • Mary Virginia Orna
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)


Anyone who has shared the company of three-year old children for an afternoon will recognize the conversation. Everything you say is challenged immediately with their favorite word—why? Newly arrived in the world and fascinated by all they see, three-year olds want to know the why of everything. They live in a world of mystery, wonder, and possibility—where magic is real and reality is magic. As we explore the discovery of the physics of color origin and perception, put yourself in the place of the three-year old who always wants to know why. Or put yourself in the place of the discoverers themselves who must have been filled with awe at what they learned and communicated to the world for the first time.


Visible Spectrum Normal Plane Primary Color Violet Light Spectral Color 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe College of New RochelleNew RochelleUSA

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