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February 24, 1962

Visual Problems of Color. Proceedings of a Symposium held at the (British) National Physical Laboratory, September, 1957

JAMA. 1962;179(8):669. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050080081026

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These volumes open with a Selig Hecht commemorative lecture by Prof. George Wald of Harvard, followed by 3 tributes to Hecht by British and American authorities. These are followed by 40 papers on recent investigations: 12 British, 10 each from the United States and Russia, and 1 each from Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Sweden, Finland, and Venezuela.

There are 2 barriers to easy understanding by the novice, but they are not insuperable and the effort needed for understanding is well rewarded. The first is the number of new words and new uses for old words that comprise the jargon of the participants. In general, however, these eventually become clear in the context.

The second barrier lies in the rather technical, and sometimes mathematically obscure, nature of some of the papers. However, most of the papers carry excellent summaries in English.

The collective effect reveals that the present state of

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