Bright Earth

The Invention of Colour

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409088316

Category: Science

Page: 448

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Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, Bright Earth brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.

Color for Science, Art and Technology

Author: Kurt Nassau

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080529370

Category: Computers

Page: 490

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The aim of this book is to assemble a series of chapters, written by experts in their fields, covering the basics of color - and then some more. In this way, readers are supplied with almost anything they want to know about color outside their own area of expertise. Thus, the color measurement expert, as well as the general reader, can find here information on the perception, causes, and uses of color. For the artist there are details on the causes, measurement, perception, and reproduction of color. Within each chapter, authors were requested to indicate directions of future efforts, where applicable. One might reasonably expect that all would have been learned about color in the more than three hundred years since Newton established the fundamentals of color science. This is not true because: • the measurement of color still has unresolved complexities (Chapter 2) • many of the fine details of color vision remain unknown (Chapter 3) • every few decades a new movement in art discovers original ways to use new pigments, and dyes continue to be discovered (Chapter 5) • the philosophical approach to color has not yet crystallized (Chapter 7) • new pigments and dyes continue to be discovered (Chapters 10 and 11) • the study of the biological and therapeutic effects of color is still in its infancy (Chapter 2). Color continues to develop towards maturity and the editor believes that there is much common ground between the sciences and the arts and that color is a major connecting bridge.

Universe of Stone

Chartres Cathedral and the Invention of the Gothic

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061970077

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

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Chartres Cathedral, south of Paris, is revered as one of the most beautiful and profound works of art in the Western canon. But what did it mean to those who constructed it in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries—and why was it built at such immense height and with such glorious play of light, in the soaring manner we now call Gothic? In this eminently fascinating work, author Philip Ball makes sense of the visual and emotional power of Chartres and brilliantly explores how its construction—and the creation of other Gothic cathedrals—represented a profound and dramatic shift in the way medieval thinkers perceived their relationship with their world. Beautifully illustrated and written, filled with astonishing insight, Universe of Stone embeds the magnificent cathedral in the culture of the twelfth century—its schools of philosophy and science, its trades and technologies, its politics and religious debates—enabling us to view this ancient architectural marvel with fresh eyes.

Brillante Denker, kühne Pioniere

zehn bahnbrechende Entdeckungen

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 9783527316809

Category: Chemistry

Page: 233

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Zehn Experimente, die die Welt veränderten! Liegt ihre Schönheit in der Klarheit und Einfachkeit ihrer Konzeption? Oder im Entwickeln notwendiger Instrumente? Etwa in den resultierenden Produkten oder gar in der Kühnheit der bahnbrechenden Interpretation der Ergebnisse?

Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften

I: Die Antike

Author: Olaf Breidbach

Publisher: Springer Spektrum

ISBN: 9783642418457

Category: Science

Page: 397

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Die Grundlagen und Voraussetzungen unserer modernen Wissenschafts- und Wissenskonzeptionen wurden in der Antike gelegt. Dieser erste Band einer Geschichte der Naturwissenschaft macht das Gefüge der uns heute leitenden, uns ausrichtenden und auch der von uns verdrängten Konzeptionen in seinen wesentlichen historischen Schritten erkennbar. Stufen der Problembearbeitung und des Problemverstehens werden in ihren jeweils eigenen Horizonten beschrieben und in den daraus folgenden Anregungen und den dabei immer wieder neu eingestellten Rahmenbedingungen dargestellt. Die hier erzählte Genese unserer Wissenschaftskultur setzt mit den ersten Versuchen einer Systematisierung von Wissen ein, der Notation der Zahlen, und führt über den Vorderen Orient, Griechenland und Rom bis in die Spätantike.​

Color and Design

Author: Marilyn DeLong,Barbara Martinson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847889530

Category: Art

Page: 224

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From products we use to clothes we wear, and spaces we inhabit, we rely on colour to provide visual appeal, data codes and meaning. Color and Design addresses how we understand and experience colour, and through specific examples explores how colour is used in a spectrum of design-based disciplines including apparel design, graphic design, interior design, and product design. Through highly engaging contributions from a wide range of international scholars and practitioners, the book explores colour as an individual and cultural phenomenon, as a pragmatic device for communication, and as a valuable marketing tool. Color and Design provides a comprehensive overview for scholars and an accessible text for students on a range of courses within design, fashion, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology and visual and material culture. Its exploration of colour in marketing as well as design makes this book an invaluable resource for professional designers. It will also allow practitioners to understand how and why colour is so extensively varied and offers such enormous potential to communicate.

Critical Mass

How One Thing Leads to Another

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466806834

Category: Philosophy

Page: 528

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Are there any "laws of nature" that influence the ways in which humans behave and organize themselves? In the seventeenth century, tired of the civil war ravaging England, Thomas Hobbes decided that he would work out what kind of government was needed for a stable society. His approach was based not on utopian wishful thinking but rather on Galileo's mechanics to construct a theory of government from first principles. His solution is unappealing to today's society, yet Hobbes had sparked a new way of thinking about human behavior in looking for the "scientific" rules of society. Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Auguste Comte, and John Stuart Mill pursued this idea from different political perspectives. Little by little, however, social and political philosophy abandoned a "scientific" approach. Today, physics is enjoying a revival in the social, political and economic sciences. Ball shows how much we can understand of human behavior when we cease to try to predict and analyze the behavior of individuals and instead look to the impact of individual decisions-whether in circumstances of cooperation or conflict-can have on our laws, institutions and customs. Lively and compelling, Critical Mass is the first book to bring these new ideas together and to show how they fit within the broader historical context of a rational search for better ways to live.

Dub

Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Author: Michael Veal

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574422

Category: Music

Page: 352

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Winner of the ARSC’s Award for Best Research (History) in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music (2008) When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Errol Thompson, and Lee “Scratch” Perry began crafting “dub” music in the early 1970s, they were initiating a musical revolution that continues to have worldwide influence. Dub is a sub-genre of Jamaican reggae that flourished during reggae’s “golden age” of the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Dub involves remixing existing recordings—electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks—to create its unique sound. Just as hip-hop turned phonograph turntables into musical instruments, dub turned the mixing and sound processing technologies of the recording studio into instruments of composition and real-time improvisation. In addition to chronicling dub’s development and offering the first thorough analysis of the music itself, author Michael Veal examines dub’s social significance in Jamaican culture. He further explores the “dub revolution” that has crossed musical and cultural boundaries for over thirty years, influencing a wide variety of musical genres around the globe. Ebook Edition Note: Seven of the 25 illustrations have been redacted.

The Sun And Moon Corrupted

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Portobello Books

ISBN: 1846275474

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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What if you had developed a machine that generated energy for free and no one believed you? That is the lot of Kurt Neder, once Einstein's accomplice and the brightest young physicist of his generation, now a lost soul wandering Europe in the hope that someone will pay him heed. Enter Lena - an intrepid young British journalist, hoping for a story to kick-start her stalled career, and driven by her own needs and beliefs, and her own need to believe. Her trail takes her from the cafes of Vienna via the castles of Transylvania and the labs of Princeton to the blasted borderlands of the old Soviet Union, in the search for truth and coherence, both scientific and personal. Here is a Geiger counter of a novel that crackles with ideas and offers the reader insights and emotions not often found in fiction.

Verborgene Stimmen

Chinesische Frauen erzählen ihr Schicksal

Author: Xinran

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426416549

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

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Jahrelang gab Xinran Frauen in ihrer Radiosendung die Gelegenheit, das zu tun, was in China immer noch ungewöhnlich ist: über ihre Sehnsüchte, Wünsche und ihre Gefühle zu sprechen. Die Schilderungen eröffnen unfassbare Welten, wie die der Frauen vom »Rufenden Berg«, die verkauft werden, um in einer Familie nicht nur einem, sondern mehreren Söhnen als Ehefrau zu dienen. Xinrans Buch gelingt etwas ganz Besonderes: Die verborgenen Gefühle der Frauen erheben sich gegen das erfahrene, nahezu unbeschreibliche Leid.

Velázquez

The Technique of Genius

Author: Jonathan Brown,Carmen Garrido

Publisher: Smriti Books

ISBN: 9780300101249

Category: Art

Page: 215

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Great painters are invariably great technicians. In creating the techniques he needed to express his ideas, Velazquez became one of the most original practitioners of the art of painting ever known. In this richly illustrated book, two widely recognised specialists on Velazquez - one an art historian, the other a conservation scientist - combine their expertise to show exactly how Spain's most famous painter realised his artistic vision. More than two hundred photographs of details of Velazquez's paintings vividly demonstrate how the artist realised his vision of man and nature through a highly allusive, economical manner of painting.

Ich bin China

Roman

Author: Xiaolu Guo

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641150299

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Über die Rolle des Künstlers in einer von ideologischen Kämpfen zerrissenen Welt In einem Land, in dem die Freiheit ein rares Gut ist, sind die beiden Liebenden Mu und Jian Teil einer subversiven jungen Künstlerszene. Mit Musik und Literatur wollen sie gegen die politische Unterdrückung kämpfen und für das Recht ihrer Generation, frei zu leben. Bis sie die zerstörerische Kraft der chinesischen Staatsmacht zu spüren bekommen und plötzlich nicht nur ihr gemeinsames Leben auf dem Spiel steht. In einem beeindruckenden Roman voller Kraft, Wut und Hingabe schlägt die gefeierte chinesische Autorin Xiaolu Guo den Bogen vom China der Neuzeit bis nach Europa und erzählt eine Geschichte, die uns alle berührt.

Im Spiegel der Sprache

warum die Welt in anderen Sprachen anders aussieht

Author: Guy Deutscher

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406606892

Category: Comparative linguistics

Page: 320

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"Ich spreche Spanisch zu Gott, Italienisch zu den Frauen, Französisch zu den Männern und Deutsch zu meinem Pferd.' Die scherzhafte Vermutung Karls V., dass verschiedene Sprachen nicht in allen Situationen gleich gut zu gebrauchen sind, findet wohl auch heute noch breite Zustimmung. Doch ist sie aus sprachwissenschaftlicher Sicht haltbar? Sind alle Sprachen gleich komplex, oder ist Sprache ein Spiegel ihrer kulturellen Umgebung - sprechen 'primitive' Völker 'primitive' Sprachen? Und inwieweit sieht die Welt, wenn sie 'durch die Brille' einer anderen Sprache gesehen wird, anders aus? Das neue Buch des renommierten Linguisten Guy Deutscher ist eine sagenhafte Tour durch Länder, Zeiten und Sprachen. Auf seiner Reise zu den aktuellsten Ergebnissen der Sprachforschung geht Guy Deutscher mit Captain Cook auf Känguruh-Jagd, prüft mit William Gladstone die vermeintliche Farbblindheit der Griechen zur Zeit Homers und verfolgt Rudolf Virchow in Carl Hagenbecks Zoo auf dem Kurfürstendamm im Berlin des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mitreisende werden nicht nur mit einer glänzend unterhaltsamen Übersicht der Sprachforschung, mit humorvollen Highlights, unerwarteten Wendungen und klugen Antworten belohnt. Sie vermeiden auch einen Kardinalfehler, dem Philologen, Anthropologen und - wer hätte das gedacht - auch Naturwissenschaftler allzu lange aufgesessen sind: die Macht der Kultur zu unterschätzen." -- Publisher's website.

Discoveries: Colors

The Story of Dyes and Pigments

Author: François Delamare,Bernard Guineau

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 159

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Chronicles the history of dyes and pigments and their related industries, discussing colors in the Middle Ages; the explosion of supply and demand in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries; and advances in industrial chemistry.