Chapter 10. The Web of Color

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471687448.ch10

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kuehni, R. G. (2004) The Web of Color, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471687448.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471660064

Online ISBN: 9780471687443

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Keywords:

  • color language;
  • color technology;
  • color vision theory;
  • glass prism;
  • history;
  • psychophysics

Summary

Human ideas on the nature, purpose, and uses of color are described as a dense historical web. From prehistoric cave painting, via the thoughts of Greek philosophers, Renaissance thinkers and Newton, down to the modern synthesis this web is briefly presented. The problems with understanding the meaning behind old color words is discussed. The journey is described as a slow and difficult effort (as yet incomplete) by many important thinkers to unravel the mysteries of our color experiences.