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2010: Color for the Sciences

Thank you for joining us in 50 days of celebration of scholarly publishing that matters. Our 50th and final post highlights Color for the Sciences by Jan Koenderink. Below is an excerpt from J. Bosten and D.I.A. MacLeod’s review of the book, which appeared in Perception, Vol. 41, No. 5.

“Jan Koenderink has done something not previously imagined possible: he has written a fascinating book about colorimetry…even readers with no prior interest in colorimetry may find Color for the Sciences engaging, instructive, and thought-provoking …

Color for the Sciences is an idiosyncratic, exuberant, informal, insightful, stimulating treatise that offers a clear view of the clean bones of its subject. It may be appreciated only by a discerning few at first, but it will exert an enduring influence, slowly extending and revising the received wisdom by introducing unfamiliar or neglected principles into mainstream thinking… Koenderink's book is…like an abbey: isolated, monumental, magnificent, delightfully decorated with amusing detail, welcoming, and conducive to rumination. It can be strongly recommended as the destination for a pilgrimage. Even for non-specialists with a hankering for intellectual adventure, the pilgrimage will be rewarding; for thoroughgoing color vision specialists, it is a necessity.”


Our 50 influential journal articles are listed here. The articles are in chronological order and will be freely available through the end of 2012.

For information about the MIT Press’ history, check out our 50th anniversary page.

Here’s to 50 more years of influential publishing!

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