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Color for the Sciences [Hardcover]

Jan J. Koenderink
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28 Sep 2010 0262014289 978-0262014281
Color for the Sciences is the first book on colorimetry to offer an account that emphasizes conceptual and formal issues rather than applications. Jan Koenderink's introductory text treats colorimetry--literally, "color measurement"--as a science, freeing the topic from the usual fixation on conventional praxis and how to get the "right" result. Readers of Color for the Sciences will learn to rethink concepts from the roots in order to reach a broader, conceptual understanding. After a brief account of the history of the discipline (beginning with Isaac Newton) and a chapter titled "Colorimetry for Dummies," the heart of the book covers the main topics in colorimetry, including the space of beams, achromatic beams, edge colors, optimum colors, color atlases, and spectra. Other chapters cover more specialized topics, including implementations, metrics pioneered by Schrdinger and Helmholtz, and extended color space. Color for the Sciences can be used as a reference for professionals or in a formal introductory course on colorimetry. It will be especially useful both for those working with color in a scientific or engineering context who find the standard texts lacking and for professionals and students in image engineering, computer graphics, and computer science. Each chapter ends with exercises, many of which are open-ended, suggesting ways to explore the topic further, and can be developed into research projects. The text and notes contain numerous suggestions for demonstration experiments and individual explorations. The book is self-contained, with formal methods explained in appendixes when necessary.

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  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (28 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262014289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262014281
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 21 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Color for the Sciences is a work of superb scholarship and stunning originality. It belongs on the shelf of any serious student of color science." Edward H. Adelson, John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science, MIT "Color for the Sciences is an imaginative and thorough exploration of color science: suitable as an introduction for students, yet packed with insights and technical details that will engage the expert as well. The history, mathematics, experimental techniques, practical applications, and even philosophical implications of color science are woven together in an informal style that makes the book a pleasure to read and an invaluable resource not just to academics, but also to those in the corporate world who need to know color science for marketing and product design." Donald Hoffman, University of California, Irvine

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Jan Koenderink was Professor of Physics at Utrecht University for many years. He is currently a Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology and Visiting Professor at MIT and Ecole National Superieure Paris. He is the author of Solid Shape (MIT Press, 1990).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes colorimetry make sense. 29 Oct 2012
One of the many great things about this book is that after reading it, colour will actually start to make sense in related "colour-areas" such as psychology and philosophy. The style is somewhat akin to a series of lectures with lots of diagrams attached, combining easy visualisation and explanation, opinionated (but appropriate) informality, and (where called for) fairly rigorous modelling.

Although Koenderink stresses that "proper colorimetry" as a formal topic has, or should have, little to do with psychophysics and the phenomenology of (colour-)perception, still he is willing and able to offer many comments relating colorimetry to such topics, and this makes the whole discussion much more - in fact, highly - interesting and informed.

Another great thing is the amount of useful - as well as often colourful - diagrams included. In this way such concepts as the spectrum locus, the Ostwald "semichromes", Schrödinger optimal colours and various types of colour-solids, RGB crates, von Kries transformations etc etc are illustrated to the point where most readers can easily understand the idea.

I also like the way in which Koenderink manages to provide a rather better grounded approach than the at times "science by psychophysical fiat" CIE-approach (i.e. the mainstream approach). It's pleasing to see the work of Schrödinger, Ostwald et al "rehabilitated".

This book is so good that I read it twice!
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