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Re: How many colors does a rainbow have?

by wilsond (Scribe)
on Jan 24, 2009 at 20:02 UTC ( #738708=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How many colors does a rainbow have?

"ROYGBIV" as taught in school. But if you're wanting accuracy, I'd claim some number near infinity.


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Re^2: How many colors does a rainbow have?
by petdance (Parson) on Jan 26, 2009 at 15:05 UTC
    Can you give an example of a number near infinity?

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    Andy

      1 rainbow = infinity - 1

        Yeah, something like that. The Red + Violet thing reduces it from infinity, in my opinion, to something near infinity. Maybe it's INF-1, or even less, but not infinity.


        While I ask a lot of Win32 questions, I hate Windows with a passion. That's the problem with writing a cross-platform program. I'm a Linux user myself. I wish more people were.
        If you want to do evil, science provides the most powerful weapons to do evil; but equally, if you want to do good, science puts into your hands the most powerful tools to do so.
        - Richard Dawkins
      220 (C-class) - close to Infinity

      350 (SLK) - greater than Infinity

Re: How many colors does a rainbow have?
by jonadab (Parson) on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:23 UTC

    When I was a kid we always said "red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple", but of course there are a lot of transitional shades in between. I'd count indigo as one of those, since it's not a very well-known color by name. In fact, I've never heard of it at all outside the context of rainbows. Nothing is ever described as being indigo in color. If you're going to list indigo, you may as well include spring green, cyan, periwinkle, aqua, teal, fuschia, and chartreuse while we're at it.

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      Nothing is ever described as being indigo in color.

      Apart from the eponymous SGI workstation of blessed memory.

      "We're working on a multi-year set of freely redistributable Vacation Bible School materials."

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