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Physics in the Arts

Authors: P.U.P.A. Gilbert, Willy Haeberli Publisher: Elsevier Science Publication date: 2008 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 327 Publication formats: EAN: 9780080560236 ISBN: 9780080560236 Category: The arts Physics Publisher's index: C2009-0-18217-X Bibliographic note: -


Physics in the Arts is a concise, 288-page four-color entry in the Complementary Science Series, designed for science enthusiasts and liberal arts students requiring or desiring a well-developed discussion of physical phenomena, particularly with regard to sound and light.

Topics discussed include the nature of sound and sound perception, and the fundamentals of harmony, musical photography, color perception, and color mixing. The materials are covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook.

A companion website for Instructors is available in Spring 2008.

* Offers an alternative route to science literacy for those interested in the arts, music and photography
* Popular science book with wide readership beyond the classroom at an accessible level
* Material covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook
* Companion website for Instructors available in Spring 2008


  • Front Cover 2
  • Physics in the Arts 5
  • Copyright Page 6
  • Table of Contents 7
  • Introduction 13
  • Chapter 1. Light and Light Waves 17
    • 1.1 Speed of Light 21
    • 1.2 Electromagnetic Spectrum 22
    • 1.3 Polarization 23
  • Chapter 2. Reflection and Refraction 26
    • 2.1 Specular Reflection of Light 26
    • 2.2 Refraction of Light 30
    • 2.3 Total Internal Reflection 33
    • 2.4 Reflection and Refraction in Diamonds 37
    • 2.5 The Rainbow 41
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Author's affiliation

P.U.P.A. Gilbert: University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Willy Haeberli: University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.