Light: Toward a Transdisciplinary Science of Appearance and Atmosphere

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To understand the processes behind seeing light, we need to integrate knowledge about the incoming optical structure, its perception, and how light interacts with material, shape, and space—objectively and subjectively. To that end, we need a novel approach to the science of light, namely, a transdisciplinary science of appearance, integrating optical, perceptual, and design knowledge and methods. In this article, I review existing literature as a basis for such a synthesis, which should discuss light in its full complexity, including its spatial properties and interactions with materials, shape, and space. I propose to investigate this by representing the endless variety of light, materials, shapes, and space as canonical modes and their combinations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-527
Number of pages25
JournalAnnual Review of Vision Science
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • light
  • lighting
  • illumination
  • light field
  • appearance
  • design
  • optics
  • atmosphere
  • canonical modes


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