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A history of light and colour measurement : science in the shadows

Author: Sean Johnston; Institute of Physics (Great Britain)
Publisher: Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., ©2001.
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Judging the brightness and color of light has long been contentious. Alternately described as impossible and routine, it was beset by problems both technical and social. How trustworthy could such  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Johnston, Sean, 1956-
History of light and colour measurement.
Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., ©2001
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Johnston; Institute of Physics (Great Britain)
ISBN: 0585488274 9780585488271 0750307544 9780750307543 9781420034776 1420034774
OCLC Number: 53976599
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 281 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Introduction: Making Light Count --
Light As a Law-Abiding Quantity --
Beginnings --
A lawless frontier --
Photography: juggling variables --
Astronomy: isolated forays --
Techniques of visual photometry --
Qualitative methods --
Comparative methods --
Physical methods --
Studies of radiant heat --
Describing colour --
Seeing Things --
Recurring themes --
Altered perceptions --
Astrophysics and the scientific measurement of light --
Spectroscopy --
Shifting standards: gas and electrotechnical photometry --
Utilitarian connections --
The 19th-century photometer --
Prejudice and temptation: the problems in judging intensity --
Quantifying light: n-rays versus blackbody radiation --
Careers in the Shadows --
Amateurs and independent research --
The illuminating engineers --
Optical societies --
Laboratories and Legislation --
Utilitarian pressures --
The Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt --
The National Physical Laboratory --
The National Bureau of Standards --
Colour at the national laboratories --
Tracing careers --
Weighing up the national laboratories --
Industrial laboratories --
Wartime photometry --
Consolidation of practitioners --
Technology in Transition --
A fashion for physical photometry --
Objectivity --
Precision --
Speed --
Automation --
The refinement of vision --
Shifts of confidence --
Physical photometry for astronomers --
An awkward hybrid: photographic recording and visual analysis --
A halfway house: photographic recording and photoelectric analysis.
Responsibility: Sean F. Johnston.


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