CHAT: Ultraviolet (was: Orange)
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 13, 2002, 10:46|
Lars Henrik Mathiesen scripsit:
> The source I read didn't go into stuff like how many different colours
> he perceived in the new wavelengths, or how much it changed the look
> of everyday objects --- more that his colleagues though it was neat
> how he could calibrate their UV spectrometers without a photometer.
People in this position (and they are not rare; the treatment
for cataract is to remove the lens, and most of us get cataracts in
our 80s if not sooner) don't actually see new colors: they just see
purple further to the right in a spectrum, in an area where the rest
of us see nothing. Perhaps if one's lenses were removed *early*
enough, while the brain has the flexibility to adapt ... who knows?
IIRC this ability was used in WW II to communicate across the Dover-Calais
straight by blinking a strong UV light in Morse code at night;
the light was just perceptible 30 km away by a UV-seeing person
on the other shore.
John Cowan <jcowan@...> http://www.reutershealth.com
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