Book, Opticks, or, A Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. . . .
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.
By passing sunlight through a series of prisms, physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton proved that “white” light is composed of the all the colors of visible light. By scientifically establishing the visible spectrum, Newton laid the foundations of color theory, leading to breakthroughs in optics, physics, chemistry, and perception. He also created the first science-based color wheel by bringing together the two ends of his spectrum. “In one sense this is not right at all, but in another it all works out rather well: the resulting circle feels balanced and is functional.” (David Batchelor, The Luminous and the Gray)
It is credited
Gift of Burndy Library, Smithsonian Libraries, QC353 .N56 1704.
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 24.1 × 62.2 cm (9 1/2 × 24 1/2 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.