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The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air Paperback – Jun 1 1954

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (June 1 1954)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486201961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486201962
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is impossible to truly review this book. Well over its 40 years old, it has become a classic. It attempts to explain, with little math but excellent science, everything we see from the appearance of the horizon, to the rainbow, to the light shining of telephone cables. This edition is old fashioned in appearance, there are no fancy full color spreads. It is a well written book, clearly organized that shows a grasp of the subject and a deep affection for it
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Hundreds of optical phenomena visible to the naked eye are described in this classic text, ranging from colors in rainbows, halos, "sun-dogs" and other effects from water droplets and ice crystals in the atmosphere, to the iridescent colors of an oil spill and the visual effects of wet branches in front of street lamps. Explanations are aimed at the layman. Many line drawings and some b+w photographs accompany the sometimes wonderfully old-fashioned text. If you have ever wondered what some of the puzzling optical effects are that you see outdoors, then this book is for you.
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Explains many of the phenomena occuring in nature regarding both light and colour. Encourages active exploration by yourself. Good reference work but sometimes long.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa560a138) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5abf510) out of 5 stars scientific optical classic in an economy edition June 26 1997
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Format: Paperback
It is impossible to truly review this book. Well over its 40 years old, it has become a classic. It attempts to explain, with little math but excellent science, everything we see from the appearance of the horizon, to the rainbow, to the light shining of telephone cables. This edition is old fashioned in appearance, there are no fancy full color spreads. It is a well written book, clearly organized that shows a grasp of the subject and a deep affection for it
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4dcd72c) out of 5 stars Very readable description of optical effects seen outdoors. Dec 2 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hundreds of optical phenomena visible to the naked eye are described in this classic text, ranging from colors in rainbows, halos, "sun-dogs" and other effects from water droplets and ice crystals in the atmosphere, to the iridescent colors of an oil spill and the visual effects of wet branches in front of street lamps. Explanations are aimed at the layman. Many line drawings and some b+w photographs accompany the sometimes wonderfully old-fashioned text. If you have ever wondered what some of the puzzling optical effects are that you see outdoors, then this book is for you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50c1540) out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book Nov. 29 2007
By J. Maynard Gelinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My father gave me a copy of this when I was a kid. I've kept it ever since. The book is very easy to read, with plenty of line illustrations to explain the optics with as little math as possible. Though one will find some mathematics in the work, anyone who has taken high school physics, algebra, and geometry will have no trouble understanding the material. But what makes this work really shine is Minnaert's attention to detail when explaining the many kinds of behavior light exhibits in various environments. Everything from iridescence, refraction and reflection is given deep explanation through many examples of everyday phenomena. What the viewer might think of as distinct and separate optical effects, the author cleverly shows to be related. By the time a layperson finishes this work he or she will have a very good basic understanding of optics. Certainly well enough to ace that section of any undergraduate physics exam.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa532c6cc) out of 5 stars bland and monochrome April 4 2013
By Jordan Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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The technical content of this Dover reproduction is extensive, with enough equations to satisfy any student of optical physics, but the book is entirely monochrome. Really Dover? A book on light and color that's contains nothing but poorly reproduced grey-scale versions of the original color illustrations? Save your money and try to find an original copy at a library that has color plates.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa511d9a8) out of 5 stars Captivating, thought provoking read. July 27 2007
By An Astronomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put this book down!
As he explains the many fascinating sky and optical phenomena, Minnaert basically forces the reader to figure out for themselves as they read along with his explanations. It's very rare for a science book to pull together the big picture without losing sight of the underlying physics. This book wonderfully shows the workings of a scientist's mind, and the author's enthusiasm and creativity is infectious. Astronomers, artists and anyone with a passion for the beauty of the outdoors will love this book.


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