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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: A341–A349

Color-coordinate system from a 13th-century account of rainbows

Hannah E. Smithson, Philip S. Anderson, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Robert A. E. Fosbury, Giles E. M. Gasper, Philip Laven, Tom C. B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti, and Brian K. Tanner  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. A341-A349 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.31.00A341


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Abstract

We present a new analysis of Robert Grosseteste’s account of color in his treatise De iride (On the Rainbow), dating from the early 13th century. The work explores color within the 3D framework set out in Grosseteste’s De colore [see J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, A346 (2012)], but now links the axes of variation to observable properties of rainbows. We combine a modern understanding of the physics of rainbows and of human color perception to resolve the linguistic ambiguities of the medieval text and to interpret Grosseteste’s key terms.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.1730) Vision, color, and visual optics : Colorimetry

ToC Category:
Color sensitivity and appearance

History
Original Manuscript: October 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 2014
Published: March 3, 2014

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Citation
Hannah E. Smithson, Philip S. Anderson, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Robert A. E. Fosbury, Giles E. M. Gasper, Philip Laven, Tom C. B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti, and Brian K. Tanner, "Color-coordinate system from a 13th-century account of rainbows," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, A341-A349 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-31-4-A341

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