Re: Who was the first person to observe the 'Visible Spectrum'?
Date: Fri Feb 27 16:01:28 1998
Posted By: John Haberman, Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Center, Greenbelt MD
Area of science: Physics
The identity of the "first" person to observe the visible spectrum
will forever remain a mystery since this observation occurred in ancient
The visible spectrum occurs often naturally. A rainbow is a leading
example. You can also see the spectrum if you view light through a clear
diamond or a clear piece of quartz. One also sees the spectrum in an oil
film on water.
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