One of the main goals of this project is to build on the natural curiosity that makes people want to learn more and provide resources for those further explorations (not just the immediate answers to initial questions). As such, one of the main topics of will be Exploration that will include books and links for more information. To provide some of these resources as the project is being developed, I have created this page to collect the books and links that will likely end up in the modules. They are listed in approximately ascending order of level from those for young children to those for graduate students. But everyone is encouraged to explore everything! Don't forget to scroll all the way down the page. There is a lot of material here.
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Books Updated: Apr. 10, 2012
Links Updated: Aug. 19, 2013
Monique Felix, The Colors, Creative Editions, Mankato (1993).
Alan Baker, White Rabbit's Color Book, Kingfisher, New York (1995).
Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon, Harper Collins, New York (1947).
Bentley & Cahoon, Good Night, Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland, Little Simon, New York (2003).
Eric Carle, My Very First Book of Colors, Penguin, New York (2005).
Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Henry Holt, New York (1967).
Ruth Heller, Color, Putnam & Grosset, New York (1995).
Shane DeRolf, The Crayon Box that Talked, Scholastic, New York (1996).
Dr. Seuss, My Many Colored Days, Knopf, New York (1996).
Dr. Seuss, One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, Random House, New York (1960).
Hervé Tullet, Pink Lemon, Milet, London (2001).
Joanna Cole, The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow: A Book About Color, Scholastic, New York (1997).
Betsy Maestro, Why Do Leaves Change Color?, Scholastic, New York (1994).
Anita Ganeri, Nature's Patterns: Season to Season, Heinemann Library, Chicago (2005).
Monica Hughes, Nature's Patterns: Water Cycle, Heinemann Library, Chicago (2004).
Samuel G. Woods, Crayons from Start to Finish, Blackbirch Press, Woodbridge (1999).
Chris Oxlade, Tales of Invention: The Camera, Heineman, Chicago, (2011).
"Editors of Klutz", Oddball Eyeballs: A Book on Vision and How Weird it is, Klutz, Palo Alto, (2006).
"Editors of The New Book of Popular Science", Color Me Science, Scholastic, New York, (2008).
Jon Richards, The Science Factory, Copper Beech, Brookfield (2000).
Wendy Mass, A Mango-Shaped Space, Little, Brown Young Readers (2003).
Judy Galens and Nancy Pear, The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents), Visible Ink, Detroit (2002).
Al Seckel, Incredible Visual Illusions: You won't believe your eyes!, Arcturus, London (2003).
David M. Schwartz, Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book, Tricycle Press, Berkeley (2001).
Jayne Parsons, Robin Kerrod, Sharon Ann Holgate, The Way Science Works, DK Children, New York (2002).
David Macaulay, The New Way Things Work, Houghton Mifflin, New York (1998).
Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay et al., Exploratopia, Little Brown, New York (2006).
M. Luckiesh, Visual Illusions: Their Causes, Characteristics & Applications, Dover, New York (1965).
Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales, Vintage, New York (1996).
Christopher Griffith, Fall, powerHouse, New York (2004).
Faber Birren, Principles of Color, Schiffer, Atglen (1987).
Richard D. Zakia and Hollis N. Todd, Color Primer I & II, Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry (1974).
Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, Yale, New Haven (1972).
Odeda Rosenthal and Robert H. Phillips, Coping with Color-Blindness, Avery, Garden City Park (1997).
Hazel Rossotti, Colour: Why the World Isn't Grey, Princeton (1983).
Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty, The Color of Nature, Chronicle Books, San Francisco (1996).
Gideon Defoe, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, Pantheon, New York (2004).
Robert Greenler, Rainbows, Halos, and Glories, Cambridge (1980).
Jean Bourges, Color Bytes: Blending the Art and Science of Color, Chromatics Press, Forest Hills (1997).
Faber Birren, Color and Human Response, Wiley, New York (1978).
Jim Long and Joy Turner Luke, The New Munsell Student Color Set, 2nd Ed., Fairchild, New York (2001).
Thomas D. Rossing and Christopher J. Chiaverina, Teaching Light & Color, AAPT, College Park (2001).
David P. Jackson, Priscilla W. Laws, and Scott V. Franklin, Explorations in Physics: An Activity-Based Approach to Understanding the World, Wiley, New York (2003).
Trevor Lamb and Janine Bourriau, Color: Art and Science, Cambridge (1995).
David K. Lynch and William Livingston, Color and Light in Nature, Cambridge (2001).
Samuel J. Williamson and Herman Z. Cummins, Light and Color in Nature and Art, Wiley, New York (1983).
Maureen C. Stone, A Field Guide to Digital Color, A.K. Peters, Natick (2003).
Richard D. Zakia, Perception and Imaging, 2nd Ed., Focal, Boston (2002).
Pete Turner, The Color of Jazz, Rizzoli, New York (2006).
Austin Richards, Alien Vision: Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum with Imaging Technology, SPIE, Bellingham (2007).
William L. Wolfe, Optics Made Clear: The Nature of Light and How We Use It, SPIE Press, Bellingham (1999).
Thomas D. Rossing and Christopher J. Chiaverina, Light Science: Physics and the Visual Arts, Springer, New York (1999).
David Falk, Dieter Brill, and David Stork, Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision, and Holography, Wiley, New York (1986).
Graham Saxby, The Science of Imaging: An Introduction, IoP, Bristol (2002).
Ralph M. Evans, Eye, Film, and Camera in Color Photography, Wiley, New York (1959).
Richard Jackson, Lindsay MacDonald, and Ken Freeman, Computer Generated Color, Wiley, Chichester (1994).
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, Random House, New York (2002).
Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses, Vintage Books, New York (1990).
Kenneth R. Fehrman and Cherie Fehrman, Color: The Secret Influence, 2nd Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey (2004).
David A. Goss and Roger W. West, Introduction to the Optics of the Eye, Butterworth Heinemann, Boston (2002).
Margaret Livingstone, Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing, Harry N. Abrams, New York (2002).
Leo M. Hurvich, Color Vision, Sinauer, Sunderland (1981).
Harvey Richard Schiffman, Sensation and Perception: An Integrated Approach, 4th Ed., Wiley, New York (1996).
Dale Purves and R. Beau Lotto, Why We See What We Do: An Empirical Theory of Vision, Sinauer, Sunderland (2003).
Philip Ball, Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color, Farrar, Straus And Giroux, New York (2001).
Raymond L. Lee and Alistair B. Fraser, The Rainbow Bridge: Rainbows in Art, Myth, and Science, Penn State Press (2001).
Helen Ross and Cornelis Plug, The Mystery of the Moon Illusion, Oxford University Press, Oxford (2002).
Heinrich Zollinger, Color: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Wiley, Weinheim (1999).
John Gage, Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism, University of California Press, Berkeley (1999).
John Gage, Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction, University of California Press, Berkeley (1993).
Rolf G. Kuehni, Color: Essence and Logic, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York (1983).
Rolf G. Kuehni, Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, 2nd Ed., Wiley, New York (2005).
Rolf G. Kuehni and Andreas Schwarz, Color Ordered: A Survey of Color Systems from Antiquity to the Present, Oxford University Press, New York (2008).
Richard J.D. Tilley, Colour and the Optical Properties of Materials, 2nd Ed., Wiley, Chichester (2011).
Kurt Nassau, The Physics and Chemistry of Color: The Fifteen Causes of Color, Wiley, New York (1983).
R.W.G. Hunt, The Reproduction of Colour, 6th Ed., Wiley, Chichester (2004).
Roy S. Berns, Billmeyer and Saltzman's Principles of Color Technology, 3rd Ed., Wiley, New York (2000).
E. Reinhard, E.A. Khan, A.O. Akyüz, G.M. Johnson, Color Imaging: Fundamentals and Applications, A.K. Peters, Wellesley (2008).
Mark D. Fairchild, Color Appearance Models, 2nd Ed., Wiley, Chichester (2005).
America's favorite colors. This website has apparently been deleted.
CoolCosmos. The entire site is worth exploring. The link goes right to their "infrared zoo" that has images of various animals made with a thermal infrared camera (images of emitted heat, rather than reflected light). The only downside is that they make the all-too-common mistake of calling infrared energy, "infrared light". If you can't see it, it's not light!
In the video you will see a group of basketball players, some in white and some in black, passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts. It's that simple. Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white. Once the movie is over, write down the number of passes you have counted.
Now WATCH THE VIDEO.
Did you see anything strange? Watch the video again without following the basketball.
Ted Adelson's Discounting-the-Illuminant Demo on APOD.
UML Illusions Gallery.
Laser Eye Surgeons' Fun Visual Tricks & Optical Illusions.
Baker-Miller Pink when they are curious about it. Also lots of people ask about color and heat absorption. There is a page with details of a heat absorption experiment.
Causes of Color resource is particularly enjoyable.
HowStuffWorks explanation. It also has great explanations of things like light, fireworks, TV, etc.
This issue has nice discussions of atmospheric optics, like rainbows.