Beyond the spectrum
Envy is green, anger is red, and exoplanet artist renderings are usually swirly brown. Purple used to mean royal, until the chemists figured out how to make it cheaply. Blue is usually the last color to be introduced into a language. And for the philosopher? It’s all qualia.
- What Color Is This Song? Test your inner synesthesia, by Stephen E. Palmer
- About Your Skin: What you should know about your body’s biggest organ, by Steve Paulson
- The Colors We Eat: Food color does more than guide us—it changes the experience of taste, by Tom Vanderbilt
- This issue also includes contributions from Kevin Berger, Claire Cameron, Jeanne Carstensen, Mazviita Chirimuuta, Sally Davies, Courtney Humphries, Virginia Hughes, Jonathon Keats, Eli Kintisch, Adam Piore, Caleb Scharf, Len Small, Ross Kenneth Urken, Chelsea Wald, Kirsten Weir.