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  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441910522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441910523
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,371,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astronomy has been my passion for some time, in particular designing an adaptor, many years ago, to attach an early digital camera (the size of a small brick) to a telescope to photograph the Moon. Hence my first book published, How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with your Digital Camera, encouraged by Sir Patrick Moore. Since then many such adaptors have become commercially available. My second book, The Rainbow Sky, has recently been published by Springer, which reflects my life-long involvement with spectroscopy/colour and the generosity of many who allowed inclusion of their pictures.

Rainbow Sky is not just for amateur astronomers it is also for anyone interested in nature and the vast cosmos! All is coloured but interpretation of the colours has to be made with care. Images captured by telescopes operating at wavelengths other than our narrow visual range must be changed to allow anything to be seen. So it is easy to believe that the colours are true instead of created for our benefit. The wonderful myriad objects throughout our world and universe could not be completely covered in a single book but I hope the 300 or so photographs included in The Rainbow Sky take the reader on a spectacular tour. The short cameos of theory and the brief history of light I hope will add to the understanding of some chapters - or just skip them to appreciate the sunsets, rainbows, brockenspectre, clouds, planets, moons, nebulae and distant objects the light of which emanates from almost the beginning of time.

Since my very early retirement from a science career my life has been filled with doing just those things that I wanted to do. Although not brilliant at too many of them I play badminton and golf, play the piano, indulge in microscopy and geology, photograph nature and a few other things.

An error by my headmaster a million years ago led me to a career of research chemistry (that I thoroughly enjoyed) instead of teaching. To fulfil my original ambition I taught science, geology and computing in a primary school for a while at the beginning of my retirement. There I witnessed the intense enthusiasm of kids for science, especially during my science club sessions, and I am well into writing about all those experiments that I created.

Tony Buick PhD CChem FRSC

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“Fireworks, flames, fiery pink sunsets, and rainbows: the world is a burst of color. We take it for granted, but as Tony Buick argues in The Rainbow Sky, that is how it should be. Gray roses wouldn't tempt us to inhale their sweetness, and gray flames wouldn't warn us they are hot and dangerous. Color, as the author discusses, is necessary to interpret our world and its place in the cosmos. Through stunning imagery, personal commentary and a conversational tone, Buick takes readers on a journey to explore color and discover its origins, it peculiarities and its ability to inspire awe. The Rainbow Sky, in its conversational tone, explains color on Earth, in the Solar System and beyond, and it reminds of the beauty and science of the rainbow.” — Ashley Yeager, Public Information Officer, W. M. Keck Observatory

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The world is full of color, from the blue ocean and the yellow daffodils and sunflowers in green carpeted meadows to the majestic purple mountains in the distance and brightly hued coral reefs off the edges of tropical coasts.

But what is color, exactly? Why do we see things in different colors? Do we all see the same colors?

Like the surface of our planet, the sky above us offers us an endless palette of color, a visual feast for the eyes. Besides atmospheric phenomena such as sunsets and rainbows, there are the many varied worlds of the Solar System, which we can spy through our telescopes, with their subtle colorings of beige and blue and green. Faraway star systems have suns that come in shades ranging from red and yellow to blue and white. Scientists even often use "false colors" to enhance the features of images they take of structures, such as the rings of Saturn and Jupiter’s clouds.

This book, with its clear explanations of what makes the sky such a colorful place and in its great wealth of pictures, dazzles and delights while informing. Learn what makes the sky blue and our Sun yellow. Learn about all the quirky atmospheric events that color our world. And finally, learn how to see, really see, what’s around you and appreciate and enjoy it.


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By Miriam on 15 Nov. 2010
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The Rainbow Sky contains a wealth of photographs which illustrate colours and sights on earth, in the sky, and among the stars and galaxies. The photos alone make this a great book to own, and they are backed up by accessible explanations of the relevant science.

For those who want to take up the challenge, there are practical hints for photographing various phenomena.

This book is an engaging journey through the stars, the solar system and the sky which encourages us to look around us with new eyes.
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The Rainbow Sky, is a journey through the universe & our world, past & present, observing, connecting and explaining why & how our everyday lives are dominated by colour.

It is an unusual, easy book to read & to absorb, full of colourful pictures & subjects which would interest just about everybody.
While Tony Buick is a caring, easy going author, he is also very knowledgable & thorough in his interpretation & explanation of colour which dominates every aspect of all our lives.
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By Amazon Customer on 16 Nov. 2010
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This is an excellent book jam packed with superb colour photos. The photos are explained in detail and make you look at the world around you in a totally new light. The author is obviously very knowledgeable on the subject and this shows in the writing and illustrations. A huge thumbs up from me.
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Five Stars 15 Sept. 2014
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A good book....nice images and well written. Recommend!
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