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The Science of Light

  • Jan 19, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Ahnon's

Why are we able to see? Are objects the same color for everyone?

These questions will be addressed in a self-exploratory session led by Matt Harbowy, scientist, hacker, and infrared photographer. You will learn about your eyes, light, invisible radiation, and spectrophotometery (the quantification of color). You will learn about, and explore, the "ROY G. BIV", "Lab", "RGB" and "CMYK" color systems. You will make your own spectrophotometer. You will learn about invisible light like ultraviolet and infrared, and find new ways of seeing. Women who attend will be phenotyped for the "fourth color", and both men and women will discover the nature and genetics of color-blindness. You will take home your own infrared portrait. You will learn how the tools of science perceive color. Most of all, you will discover new ways of seeing that you never experienced before and be able to appreciate the gift and ongoing mystery of sight.

You are encouraged to bring a smartphone or tablet computer to the presentation so that you can collect data in our online lab notebook and share your results with the whole class- and will be provided online tools to continue the discovery at home. Technology is not needed to enjoy the class- bring your curiosity. Accommodations for the vision impaired will be provided with advance notice.

This class is planned for January 19th, 2013 and is part 2 of a 6 part lecture and lab on the senses.

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  • Ken O.

    Flickr set 'The Science of Light' now posted at

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet you all. It's nice to keep learning!

    January 19, 2014

  • Angela


    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Ken O.

    good to meet a few more science engaged folks and appreciated the simple yet effective demonstrations for the Science of Light

    January 19, 2014

  • Carl C.

    Would love to stop by as I've got question on xray crystallization :D but out of town !

    January 18, 2014

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