Why the Sky Is Blue: Discovering the Color of Life

Why the Sky Is Blue Discovering the Color of Life Why is the sky blue Parents don t know what to say when their children ask Why the Sky Is Blue answers this ancient and surprisingly complex question in a entertaining and accessible way than ever bef

  • Title: Why the Sky Is Blue: Discovering the Color of Life
  • Author: Götz Hoeppe
  • ISBN: 9780691124537
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why is the sky blue Parents don t know what to say when their children ask Why the Sky Is Blue answers this ancient and surprisingly complex question in a entertaining and accessible way than ever before Gotz Hoeppe takes the reader on a historical and scientific journey to show the various ways people in different times and places have explained why the sky lookWhy is the sky blue Parents don t know what to say when their children ask Why the Sky Is Blue answers this ancient and surprisingly complex question in a entertaining and accessible way than ever before Gotz Hoeppe takes the reader on a historical and scientific journey to show the various ways people in different times and places have explained why the sky looks blue The richly illustrated story begins with ancient myths and philosophy and ends with the cutting edge science of optics, statistical physics, and ozone depletion Most importantly, it is the story of how scientists discovered that the sky s blue depends on life on Earth and the makeup of our planet s ozone layer Without microbial life s impact on the composition of the atmosphere, the clear daytime sky would probably lack its distinctive color And without the ozone, the twilight sky s color would also be very different not the sapphire tone of l heure bleue, but rather a yellowish or greenish hue Why the Sky Is Blue shows that skylight can be viewed from a surprising variety of vantage points We learn how our physiology and cognitive capacities govern our perception of the sky s color And we discover why this everyday experience has been such a source of fascination and controversy over the centuries Delightful and intriguing, Why the Sky Is Blue shows how the attempt to answer this age old and deceptively simple question only enhances the magic of the blue sky we see above us.

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    1. If you're looking for a clear cut, straightforward, if not a little scientific-y answer for why the sky is blue, don't read this. If you're interested in Greek philosophy to twentieth-century physics regarding why the sky is blue, than this is the one for you.I found it a little confusing, to be honest. I wanted the scientific answer, and had been surprised [before starting it] with the length of this book since I figured the answer would be fifty pages at most. Instead, they gave a history of t [...]

    2. The answer turns out to take 400 pages (originally in German; this is a translation). Hint: it's not light reflecting off the oceans.

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