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Iridescences : The Physical Colors of Insects, Hardback Book

Iridescences : The Physical Colors of Insects Hardback


Lepidoptera and Coleoptera - butterflies and beetles - are the most beautifully colored insects we can find.

This book explores the origin of these brilliant colors from a physics perspective, beginning with the simplest question: Why Colors?

The author masterfully explains at an introductory level the coloring of insects and illustrates his points with more than 240 brilliant figures.

The book is a rich source for optical physicists, biologists, and teachers alike.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, X, 160 p.
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
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  • Category: Insects (entomology)
  • ISBN: 9780387341194

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