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Color and Light in Nature
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  • 192 b/w illus. 119 colour illus. 19 tables
  • Page extent: 292 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 1.118 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 535
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QC335.2 .L96 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Light
    • Optics
    • Color
    • Astronomy
    • Colonies in literature

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521775045 | ISBN-10: 0521775043)

DOI: 10.2277/0521775043

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published June 2001

Unavailable - out of print December 2007

 (Stock level updated: 17:01 GMT, 26 November 2015)


We live in a world of optical marvels - from the commonplace but beautiful rainbow, to the rare and eerie superior mirage. But how many of us really understand how a rainbow is formed, why the setting sun is red and flattened, or even why the sky at night is not absolutely black? This beautiful and informative guide provides clear explanations to all naturally occurring optical phenomena seen with the naked eye, including shadows, halos, water optics, mirages and a host of other spectacles. Separating myth from reality, it outlines the basic principles involved, and supports them with many figures and references. A wealth of rare and spectacular photographs, many in full color, illustrate the phenomena throughout. In this new edition of the highly-acclaimed guide to seeing, photographing and understanding nature's optical delights, the authors have added over 50 new images and provided new material on experiments you can try yourself.

• A portfolio of beautiful and often rare photographs of naturally occuring optical phenomena - nearly 120 in full color, with 50 new color images • Clear, concise explanations of nature's optical curiosities, plus tips on observing and new information on carrying out your own experiments • Comprehensive coverage, including shadows, reflections on water, mirages and eclipses, with a new section on exotic clouds


Preface; 1. Shadows; 2. Clear air; 3. Water; 4. Water drops; 5. Ice and halos; 6. Naked eye astronomy; 7. Observing; 8. Exotic clouds; Glossary; Index.


'Most people notice only the occasional rainbow and pretty sunset, yet they could see much more if they only knew what to look for. Color and Light in Nature will facilitate this admirably … the up-to-date research, new ideas, beautiful pictures, and excellent explanations make Color and Light in Nature the new classic.' Science

'… a beautifully illustrated popular account of atmospheric phenomena … Many teachers as well as a good many naturalists will find the book to be a highly useful and comprehensive treatment of a beautiful subject, one that can be used to enliven dry classroom discussions of optics, light and colour.' Nature

'Lynch and Livingston deserve the thanks of the scientific community for re-opening our eyes to the wonderful world around us.' American Scientist

'A breathtaking list of effects is explained … along with how they got there. It just made me want to rush out and look at the things.' New Scientist

'If you ever wanted to know why the sky is blue, or what clouds are made of, or how rainbows are formed, then this is the book for you.' Brendan K. Ward, Astronomy & Space

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