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Light and Color in the Outdoors

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1 Light and Shadows.- 2 Reflection of Light.- 3 Refraction of Light.- 4 The Curvature of Light Rays in the Atmosphere.- 5 The Measurement of Intensity and Brightness of Light.- 6 The Eye.- 7 Colors.- 8 Afterimages and Contrast Phenomena.- 9 Judging Shape and Motion.- 10 Rainbows, Halos, and Coronas.- 11 Light and Color of the Sky.- 12 Light and Color in the Landscape.- 13 Luminous Plants, Animals, and Stones.- Appendix A . Measuring Angles out of Doors.- Appendix B. Photographing Natural Phenomena.- Appendix C. Further Notes and References.


"Minnaert's book is a gem!...It is a wonderful book that should be known by everyone who has an interest in the natural visual world." Am. J. Phys. "...just about everything imaginable that refracts or reflects light or shows color...a marvelous book, one that I highly recommend to every observer" Sky & Telescope

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