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Colour, 2nd Edition by David Hornung

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1 . SEEING COLOR

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“Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.”

Claude Monet

 

Color is said to be contained within light, but the perception of color takes place in the mind. As waves of light are received in the lens of the eye, they are interpreted by the brain as color.

Colors that seem similar (such as orange and yellow-orange) do so because their wavelengths are nearly the same. Wavelength in a ray of light can be measured on a nanometer:

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A ray of sunlight can be conceived of as being divided, like a rainbow, into a continuum of color ...

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