beams of light- [lighting design]- - Tokujin Yoshioka."Rainbow Church" The installation consists of a window made of 500 crystal prisms, which create rainbows within the space as the light is refracted.
You’ve Never Seen Science Experiments Look Quite Like This | Light refracts and disperses through prisms in a white box, showing the visible color spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet). The separate of white light into these colors, called dispersion, happens when light waves pass through a transparent optical element, like this prism. | Credit: Laura Skinner | From Wired.com
Sir Isaac Newton was one of the first scientists to investigate color theory. Around he discovered the origin of color when he shone a beam of light through an angular prism and split it into the spectrum - the various colors of the rainbow.
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