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The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Violet
 
 
Author
Arielle & Joann Eckstut.
Publisher Black Dog & Leventhal  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9781579129491
Pages/Publication Date 240/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38840
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Much as Theodore Gray revealed the Periodic Table in The Elements, this book by color consultant Joann Eckstut and her daughter, publishing guru Arielle Eckstut, explores color as an essential component of our world, through varied and vivid illustrations of art, graphics, and photography. Why is the sky blue, the grass green, or a rose red? The Eckstuts give us a fascinating explanation of the physics and chemistry of color from outer space to earth, from plants to pigments to plumage. They describe how and why we see color, the nature of rainbows, animals with color vision far superior (and far inferior) to our own, and how our language influences the colors we see.

"Where does the phrase 'blue blood' come from? Why do most doctors wear green scrubs? These and other questions are answered in the Eckstuts' fascinating study of color.... Each hue gets a biography of sorts, as the authors examine its cultural (the Egyptians placed a high value on blue and it was one of the first synthetic pigments) and in some cases biological significance (different colors attract different animals). The science behind rainbows and why they never appear the same way to two people; why the grass is always greener across the street (you're not seeing the imperfections); and a litany of other color-related trivia round out the book. The book's dynamic design and short entries make it easy to skim, but it's likely that those intending just a casual perusal will find themselves engrossed by this terrifically entertaining and informative volume."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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