Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 19, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 296 pages
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The one-stop reference to the essentials of color science and technology—now fully updated and revised

The fully updated Third Edition of Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles continues to provide a truly comprehensive, non-mathematical introduction to color science, complete with historical, philosophical, and art-related topics.

Geared to non-specialists and experts alike, Color clearly explains key technical concepts concerning light, human vision, and color perception phenomena. It covers color order systems in depth, examines color reproduction technologies, and reviews the history of color science as well as its relationship to art and color harmony. Revised throughout to reflect the latest developments in the field, the Third Edition:

  • Features many new color illustrations, now fully incorporated into the text
  • Offers new perspectives on what color is all about, diverging from conventional thinking
  • Includes new information on perception phenomena, color order, and technological advances
  • Updates material on such topics as the CIE colorimetric system and optimal object colors
  • Extends coverage of color reproduction to display systems, photography, and color management
  • Contains a unique timetable of color in science and art, plus a glossary of important terms

Praise for the previous editions:

"A nice bridge to areas usually not covered in academic visual science programs . . . outstanding."
—Joel Pokorny, visual scientist at The University of Chicago

"A good addition to any library, this should be useful for the color interests of artists, designers, craftsmen, philosophers, psychologists, color technologies, and students in related fields."
—CHOICE

 

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Contents

Sources of Color
1
What Is Color and How Did We Come to Experience It?
23
From Light to Color
37
Color Perception Phenomena
51
Orderly Arrangements of Color
79
Defining the Color Stimulus
113
Calculating Color
131
Colorants and Their Mixture
151
The Web of Color
187
Color Theory in Art
219
Harmony of Colors
243
Timetable of Color in Science and Art
257
Glossary
261
Credits
273
Index
275
Copyright

Color Reproduction
167

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About the author (2012)

ROLF G. KUEHNI is an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Color Space and Its Divisions: Color Order from Antiquity to the Present (Wiley). The recipient of several prestigious awards, Kuehni also served as editor for the journal Color Research and Application.

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