Book Review: The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air

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


Having painted landscapes for a long time I enjoy learning about all the colorful effects that can take place in nature. This book on atmospheric physics makes an attempt to cover every single possible phenomenon that has to do with light and the outdoors. It tries to cover too many of them, too briefly and I have a hunch some of the material may be dated. Most explanations leave you feeling like you missed a few chapters and usually jump right into some heavily involved equations that the author does not lead into…rather he simply slaps equations into the middle of the page expecting the reader to figure things out almost as if he published his half written journal of ideas. Aside from being one of the worst reads I’ve encountered on the topic, I guess one positive takeaway is that this book serves as an introduction to some interesting phenomenons that one can research elsewhere!

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