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Light and color
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Today, light is often defined as the very narrow band (from about 700 to 400 nanometers) of electromagnetic radiation that can be detected by the human eye. Color in physics is associated with the various wavelengths of this radiation, and in physiology with neural states of the visual system. In colorimetry it is described in terms o…

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Zemplén, Gábor Á., “Light and color”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023389>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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