The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air: M. Minnaert

The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air: M. Minnaert
Dover Publications | ISBN: 0486201961 | 1954-06-01 | PDF (OCR) | 362 pages | 3.6 Mb
A highly engaging study of mirages, illusions of multiple moons, the fata morgana, colored shadows and scores of other phenomena in a book praised by Science and Math Weekly as "a great depository of projects, science fair ventures, experiments, and always pure pleasure." 202 illustrations.

Review:

My father gave me a copy of this when I was a kid. I've kept it ever since. The book is very easy to read, with plenty of line illustrations to explain the optics with as little math as possible. Though one will find some mathematics in the work, anyone who has taken high school physics, algebra, and geometry will have no trouble understanding the material. But what makes this work really shine is Minnaert's attention to detail when explaining the many kinds of behavior light exhibits in various environments. Everything from iridescence, refraction and reflection is given deep explanation through many examples of everyday phenomena. What the viewer might think of as distinct and separate optical effects, the author cleverly shows to be related. By the time a layperson finishes this work he or she will have a very good basic understanding of optics. Certainly well enough to ace that section of any undergraduate physics exam.