- Series: Dover Books on Earth Sciences
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (June 1, 1954)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486201961
- ISBN-13: 978-0486201962
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air (Dover Books on Earth Sciences) Revised ed. Edition
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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.
Maybe some theories appear now old, but it remains a fundamental text for understanding how we look at the world (and at the sky!), and - quoting Mr. Turrell - for beginning to "see ourselves see". For example, you will now understand why the moon seems somethimes very big or very small.
I higly recommend also Craig Adcock's book about James Turrell, because it gives many other scientifical (not to speak about artistical!) inputs about the matter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The pictures in the hardback edition "in the Outdoors" are well worth the acquisition.Published 18 months ago by Archer Mitchell
This was listed under light and color for kids. I downloaded it for my daughter's science project. She is 8. She read it and came asking questions about what the words meant. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Suzue
There is nothing very deep in this book. Maybe something was lost when they put it into English. He says a lot of things like; When you look at a shadow on the ground the light... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Michael D Johnson
Fantastic book, a classic. Essential for anyone interested in rainbows, halos, and many other effects produced by light.
You will get amazed and learn a lot while having fun.
The book makes an attempt to cover every single possible phenomenon that has to do with light and the outdoors. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by this art guy