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Color for Science, Art and Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444898463, 9780080529370

Color for Science, Art and Technology, Volume 1

1st Edition

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Editor: Kurt Nassau
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444898463
eBook ISBN: 9780080529370
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 18th December 1997
Page Count: 490
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Table of Contents

I. The Science of Color. 1. Fundamentals of color science (K. Nassau). 2. The measurement of color (R.T. Marcus). 3. Color vision (J. Krauskopf). 4. The fifteen causes of color (K. Nassau). II. Color in Art, Culture and Life. 5. Color in abstract painting (S. Wurmfield). 6. Color in anthropology and folklore (J.B. Hutchings). 7. The philosophy of color (C.L. Hardin). 8. Color in plants, animals and man (J.B. Hutchings). 9. The biological and therapeutic effects of light (G.C. Brainard). Addendum: Double blind testing for biological and therapeutic effects of color (K. Nassau). III. Colorants, the Preservation and the Reproduction of Color. 10. Colorants: Organic and inorganic pigments (P.A. Lewis). 11. Colorants: Dyes (J.R. Aspland). 12. Color preservation (K. Nassau). 13. Color Imaging: Printing and photography (G.G. Field). 14. Color encoding in the Photo CD System (E.J. Giorganni, T.E. Madden). 15. Color displays (H. Lang). Color Section. Index.


The aim of this book is to assemble a series of chapters, written by experts in their fields, covering the basics of color - and then some more. In this way, readers are supplied with almost anything they want to know about color outside their own area of expertise. Thus, the color measurement expert, as well as the general reader, can find here information on the perception, causes, and uses of color. For the artist there are details on the causes, measurement, perception, and reproduction of color. Within each chapter, authors were requested to indicate directions of future efforts, where applicable.

One might reasonably expect that all would have been learned about color in the more than three hundred years since Newton established the fundamentals of color science. This is not true because:

• the measurement of color still has unresolved complexities (Chapter 2)

• many of the fine details of color vision remain unknown (Chapter 3)

• every few decades a new movement in art discovers original ways to use new pigments, and dyes continue to be discovered (Chapter 5)

• the philosophical approach to color has not yet crystallized (Chapter 7)

• new pigments and dyes continue to be discovered (Chapters 10 and 11)

• the study of the biological and therapeutic effects of color is still in its infancy (Chapter 2).

Color continues to develop towards maturity and the editor believes that there is much common ground between the sciences and the arts and that color is a major connecting bridge.


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@from:G. Brainard @qu:...this book is designed for its role as an essential part of any colour reference library.

...The articles are written by thirteen world class academics and specialists who do not just explore what is well known but also point to where future research is needed. @source:International Association of Colour Magazine @from:N. Sekar @qu:...This book is a judicious and coherent presentation of the basis of color written by experts in their fields. This volume is, in fact, a challenging edifice, covering almost all aspects of color. @source:Colourage @from:J. Shore @qu:...The beacon of colour illuminates many fields of activity here: abstract painting, anthropology, biology, colorant chemistry, colorimetry, conservation, design, folklore, gemstones, neurophysiology, philosophy, photography, printing, television, therapeutics...The views are always intriguing @source:The Society of Dyers and Colourist Journal, Volume 114 @qu:...a delightful spectrum of topics... @source:American Scientist Volume 86 @from:M. Bide @qu:...several of the chapters here summarize a corner of the color world in a way that would be hard to find elsewhere in as succinct a fashion. ...a welcome addition to library holdings as well as to the "turn to" shelf of the individual color expert. @source:Color Research & Application, Volume 23, Number 6 @qu:...I cannot see how an ISCC member, who is serious about the study of color can live without this book on or near his/her desk. @source:Inter-Society Color Council News @qu:...There is no other book giving such a complete account of color. @source:Materials Research Bulletin @from:R.M. Christie @qu:...Of the numerous textbooks which have appeared on the market in recent years on various topics in clour science and technology, this book stands out in the way that it adopts a refreshingly different approach to the subject material... There is a clear objective to provide the reader in a single textbook with information not only of relevance to his own specialist interest in colour, but also in aspects of colour outside his field of expertise, utilising colour as a bridge between science and technology and the arts... In this way, the specialist and the non-specialist, from whatever discipline, should find information of value in each chapter... The book is extensively referenced and well-illustrated throughout, including a number of excellent colour illustrations. @source:Dyes and Pigments, Vol. 43 @from:M.C.J. Large @qu:...This book provides an intriguing look at the state of play- not just of the measurement of color, but of all aspects of art and technology associated with it... Many and varied professions are associated with color, from both the sciences and the arts, but generally their concerns have been very different. In this book they are brought together, and the common issues that emerge are often fascinating... In drawing together a diverse range of contributors from many different fields, the book has the gratifying effect of simultaneously showing how much, and how little, we understand color. There can be few people working with color who would not benefit from reading it. @source:Photonics Science News, Vol. 4 @from:K. Nassau @qu:...this book, which aims to facilitate connections between colour theory and artistic practice, is divided in three sections: colourin art, culture and life; and colorants, preservation and reproduction of colour. There's probably more science in some chapters than most artists would need, but that's fine - the bok is structured to make it easy to skip these sections. Color for Science, Art and Technology will be very useful for a wide readership - virtually a one-volume encyclopaedia on the perception, causes and uses of colour... @source:Cantrills Filmnotes, Issue No. 93/100 @from:Mich Tronchin @qu:. @source:Jnl of Photochemistry and Photobiology, Vol. 50 @from:R.W.G. Hunt @qu:...can perform the function of an encyclopaedia, providing its owner with a resource on colour in its broadest sense. Anyone (wanting a reference work for this purpose) would find Color for Science, Art and Technology a very useful addition to their library. @source:The Imaging Science Journal, Vol. 47 @from:Dr. D.B. MacDougall @qu:This reviewer recommends it both as a scientific text and or informative reading pleasure. @source:Food Chemistry, Vol. 67

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About the Editor

Kurt Nassau

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PhD Gemmologist, Nassau Consultants