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    Physics in the Arts Revised Edition

    ISBN-10: 0123918782
    ISBN-13: 9780123918789
    Author(s): P. U. P. A. Gilbert, Willy Haeberli
    Description: A deep yet accessible analysis of the physics of light and sound, and how our eyes and ears detect them, is not only intellectually enjoyable, but also useful to understand and interpret the world in which we live, all the phenomena that take place  More...
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    Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 37356232
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long
    Weight: 1.584
    Language: English

    A deep yet accessible analysis of the physics of light and sound, and how our eyes and ears detect them, is not only intellectually enjoyable, but also useful to understand and interpret the world in which we live, all the phenomena that take place around us, and how we perceive them. In short, how we interface with our planet, its inhabitants, and their creations. Understanding the physics of light and sound may also increase the appreciation for works of art and for art itself, and even stimulate the artists among the readers to deepen their knowledge of their media, of how people interface with them, and perhaps improve their art production. * Offers an alternative route to science literacy for those interested in the arts, music and photography * Popular science book with wide readership beyond the classroom at an accessible level * Material covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook * Companion website for Instructors available in Spring 2008

    Introduction
    Light and Sound
    Light and Light Waves
    Speed of Light
    Electromagnetic Spectrum
    Polarization
    Reflection and Refraction
    Specular Reflection of Light
    Refraction of Light
    Total Internal Reflection
    Reflection and Refraction in Diamonds
    The Rainbow25
    Questions
    Lenses
    The Prism
    Converging and Diverging Lenses31
    Focal Length
    Images?Real and Virtual
    Three Easy Rays
    The Lens Formula
    Note on Magnification
    Lens Aberrations
    Chromatic Aberrations
    Spherical Aberration
    Questions
    The Eye
    Accommodation
    Eyeglasses
    Nearsighted Eye
    Farsighted Eye
    Astigmatic Eye
    Photography
    The Camera
    Focusing the Camera
    Choosing the Aperture
    Depth of Field
    Why the/Number?
    The Film
    Digital Photography
    Putting it AH Together: Taking a Photograph
    Questions
    Color and Color Vision
    Color
    Color Sensitivity of the Eye
    Physical and Psychological Color
    Color: Hue, Saturation, and Brightness
    Light Interaction with other Objects
    Scattering or Diffuse Reflection
    Questions
    Additive Color Mixing
    Primary Colors
    Adding Primary Colors
    The Color Triangle
    Low-Brightness Colors
    Spectral Colors
    Non-Spectral Colors
    Summary
    Additive Color Mixing in Painting
    Questions
    Subtractive Color Mixing
    Filters
    Subtractive Primary Colors
    Subtractive primaries
    Color Photography
    Pigments
    Change in Saturation
    Why Do Blue and Yellow Make Green?
    Change in Hue
    Questions
    Color-Generating Mechanisms
    Illuminating Light
    Pigments
    Structural Color: Iridescence
    More Color-Generating Mechanisms Due to Iridescence
    Color in Gemstones
    Mineral Color Due to Charge Transfer
    Mineral Color Due to Color Centers
    Color in Gems Due to Band Gap Absorption of Light
    Periodic Oscillations
    Displacement Graph: Positions x Changes with Time t
    The Period T and the Frequency f
    Large and Small Numbers
    Speed of Motio
    Questions
    Simple Harmonic Motion
    The Spring Constant
    Oscillation Frequency for Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)
    Wave Shape of Simple Harmonic Motion
    Phase Angle
    Questions
    Damped Oscillations and Resonance
    Damped Oscillations?The Concept of "Damping Time"
    Resonance
    Build-up and Decay of Musical Tones
    Applications in Music
    Resonators in Musical Instruments
    Questions
    Adding Sound Sources: Beats and Harmony
    Principle of Superposition
    Two Pure Tones of the Same Frequency
    Beats
    Harmony
    For the Fun of It: Lissajous Figures
    Questions
    Sound waves
    Propagation of a Pulse
    Longitudinal and Transverse Waves
    Sound Waves in Air Are Longitudinal Waves
    Speed of Sound in Air
    Wavelength and Frequency
    Relevance to Size of Instruments or Loudspeakers
    Sound Propagation
    Interference of Sound Waves
    Concert Hall Acoustics
    Questions
    Sound Perception: Pitch, Loudness, and Timbre
    Ludness and Amplitude
    Loudness and Frequency
    Pitch Discrimination
    The Ear
    The Parts of the Ear
    Place Theory of Pitch Perception
    What Do the Auditory Nerves Tell the Brain?
    Vibration of Strings
    Single Modes
    Higher Modes
    Traveling Versus Standing Waves
    The Voicing Formula225
    How Do Modes Relate to Music?
    Damping of Higher Partials
    Plucked Strings: Missing Partials
    Playing Harmonics
    Real Strings Have Some Stiffness
    Questions
    Pipes
    Pressure Pulse in a Pipe
    Reflections in Open and Closed Pipes
    Boundary Conditions
    Standing Waves in Open Pipes
    Fundamental Frequency of Open Pipe
    Higher Modes of Open Pipe
    Fundamental Frequency of Closed Pipe
    Higher Modes of Closed Pipe
    Playing Tunes on Wind Instruments: Fingerholes and Overblowing
    Other Shapes
    Acoustic Length
    Questions
    Fourier Analysis
    The Fourier Theorem
    Sound Spectrum
    Fourier Analyzer (Sound Analyzer)
    Fourier Synthesis
    Why Can't We Synthesize a Stradivari?
    Questions
    Musical Scales
    Musical Intervals
    Consonance (Harmony): Simple Number Ratios
    The Major Triad
    Constructing a Scale: The Just Scale
    Whole and Half Tone Intervals
    Names of Intervals
    Transposing: Why Black Keys?
    Perfection Sacrificed: The Tempered Scale
    Major and Minor Scales
    The Natural Scale
    Questions
    Musical Instruments
    Structure of Musical Instruments
    Excitation Mechanism
    Playing aTune
    Questions
    Solutions to Problems
    Index

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