History of light and color

History of light and color This book is about how light was made to count. It explores a seeminglysimple question: How was the brightness of light—casually judged by everyonebut seldom considered a part of science before the 20th century—transformedinto a measurable and trustworthy quantity? Why did the description of colourbecome meaningful to artists, dyers, industrialists and a handful of scientists?Seeking answers requires the exploration of territory in the history, sociology andphilosophy of science. Lightwasmade to count as a quantifiable entity at the sametime as it came to count for something in human terms. Measuring the intensityof light was fraught with difficulties closely bound up with human physiology,contentious technologies and scientific sub-cultures.

Authors: Johnston S.F.Pages: 292     Year: 2001

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