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

Smithson, Hannah and Anderson, Philip and Dinkova-Bruun, Greti and Gasper, Giles and Laven, Philip and McLeish, Tom and Panti, Cecilia and Tanner, Brian (2014) 'Color-coordinate system from a 13th-century account of rainbows.', Journal of the Optical Society of America A., 31 (4). A341-A349.

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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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.31.00A341
Publisher statement:© 2014 Optical Society of America. This paper was published in Journal of the Optical Society of America A and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.31.00A341. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
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