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Color for Science, Art and Technology by Kurt Nassau

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chapter 1

Fundamentals of Color Science

Kurt Nassau    Lebanon, NJ, USA (AT&TBell Telephone Laboratories Murray Hill, NJ, USA, retired)

1.1 Introduction

In this chapter we consider some basic concepts which are the essential underpinnings of all that follows. Some of these ideas are taught even as early as kindergarten, yet complexity is usually avoided at that level. Many may therefore continue to believe that there is just a single set of three primary colors, as one example. Again, it is often assumed that there is a unique color perception for each wavelength of the spectrum and that a given wavelength is perceived by everyone as the same color, whatever the circumstances, and that there is one unique, absolute white. So the aim here is to outline ...

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