Light and Color in the Outdoors
Springer Science & Business Media, 06.12.2012 - 417 Seiten
All of science springs from the observation of nature. In this classic book, the late Marcel Minnaert accompanies the reader on a tour of nature's light and color and reveals the myriad phenomena that may be observed outdoors with no more than a pair of sharp eyes and an enquiring mind. From the intriguing shape of the dapples beneath a tree on a sunny day, to rainbows, mirages, and haloes, to the colors of liquid, ice, and the sky, to the appearance of the sun, moon, planets, and stars - Minnaert describes and explains them all in clear language accessible to the layman. This volume includes 80 new photographs, over half in color, illustrating many of the phenomena - ordinary and exotic - discussed in the book. Most of the new photos are by Pekka Parviainen, the renowned Finnish nature photographer.
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afterimage altitude anthelion antisolar point appear atmosphere background beam becomes blue sky bluish bright caused circumscribed halo circumzenithal arc clear clouds color contrast coronas crepuscular rays curvature curved dark darker diameter diffraction direction disk distance dust edge explained faint formed front glass glow green flash ground Haidinger's brush hazy height heiligenschein horizon illuminated intensity landscape layer less light source look Marcel Minnaert Minnaert mirage mirror moon move night noctilucent clouds notice objects observed optical parhelia parhelic circle particles patch Pekka Parviainen phenomenon Photo by Pekka photograph plane Plate polarization Polaroid rainbow rays of light reflected refraction refractive index retina right angles ring ripples scattering seen shadow shining shows side slightly small halo source of light spot of light stars streetlight sun's sunlight sunset surface tion trees twilight vertical visible waves window yellow zodiacal light