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Color science

Also called chromatics, it includes the perception of color by the human eye and brain, the origin of color in materials, color theory in art, and the physics of electromagnetic radiation in the visible range or light.

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Color science


Physics; Color science

The way light of a particular wavelength appears to the eye. The human eye sees light with long wavelengths as red or orange.


Physics; Color science

Unable to see the difference between certain colors. People who are color blind usually cannot tell red from green.


Physics; Color science

The quality of colors that is described by words such as red, yellow. Hue is determined by the wavelength of the color.

infrared light

Physics; Color science

Electromagnetic radiation that is invisible and has wavelengths that are longer than those of visible light.


Physics; Color science

A transparent object that breaks up the light passing through it into a spectrum of colors. A prism has triangular ends.


Physics; Color science

An arc of colors that sometimes appears in the sky, usually after it rains. Rainbows appear when light from the Sun hits droplets of water.

parvocellular pathway

Physics; Color science

One of the two main pathways from the retina to primary visual cortex (the other is the magnocellular pathway). The parvocellular stream primarily carries information about luminance contrast at ...

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