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Color

Light And Color, Rainbows, Refraction: The Bending Of Light, Diffraction And Interference, Transparent, Translucent, And Opaque

Color is a complex and fascinating subject. Several fields of science are involved in explaining the phenomenon of color. The physics of light, the chemistry of colorants, the psychology and physiology of human emotion are all related to color. Since the beginning of history, people of all cultures have tried to explain why there is light and why we see colors. Some people have regarded color with the same mixture of fear, reverence, and curiosity with which they viewed other natural phenomena. In recent years scientists, artists, and other scholars have offered interpretations of the sun, light, and color differences.

Color perception plays an important role in our lives and enhances the quality of life. This influences what we eat and wear. Colors help us to understand and appreciate the beauty of sunrise and sunset, the artistry of paintings, and the beauty of a bird's plumage. Because the sun rises above the horizon in the east, it gives light and color to our world. As the sun sets to the west, it gradually allows darkness to set in. Without the sun we would not be able to distinguish colors. The energy of sunlight warms the earth, making life possible; otherwise, there would be no plants to provide food. We are fortunate to have light as an essential part of our planet.


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