Alas, poor magenta.

2007_02_09_profprobing_magentaspectrumAccording to this, magenta ain’t a color. Put it in the Dissapointment Corner with not-a-planet Pluto. I never really liked magenta anyway.

A beam of white light is made up of all the colours in the spectrum. The range extends from red through to violet, with orange, yellow, green and blue in between. But there is one colour that is notable by its absence. Pink (or magenta, to use its official name) simply isn’t there. But if pink isn’t in the light spectrum, how come we can see it?

One Response to Alas, poor magenta.

  1. Kindralas says:

    Pink’s not the only color. Brown’s also included in that. Pink, really, is just a light red, the same as, say, sky blue, which is why it’s not in the spectrum. The light color spectrum is more or less a 100% saturation, so any color which is represented by another color of less saturation (pink) is just not there.

    Brown, though, I don’t know how to explain.

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