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"I believe in limited government, and the 20th century has been the century of government. The data is uniform. The government has failed at every single task it has set out to do, with the exception of waging war."
- Bart Kosko

Color Generator  
  A variable spectrum light source  

Problems with metamerism provide clues during an investigation in this quote.

'...There's been no mistake; I took great pains.' Gersen studied the tiles. '...what color light will bring the tiles to the same color as the sketch?'

...Mankinello put the tiles under a color generator. 'Presumably you're interested in standard incandesence?'

'Standard star-light. I presume that's close to the same thing.'

'Somewhat different due to the stellar atmospheres. But I can easily code for the stellar progression. Let's start with about 4,000 degrees.' He turned a wheel, flicked a switch, checked with a comparator. 'Close' He turned the wheel. 'There it is. 4,350 degrees.' He glanced through a port. 'See for yourself.'

Gersen peered through the opening. The tiles were now identical to the colors of the sketch. 'Color temperature, 4,350 degrees: Class K?'

'I'll tell you exactly.' Mankinello consulted a reference. 'Class G8.'

From The Killing Machine, by Jack Vance.
Published by Fantastic Fiction (?) in 1964
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The letters refer to stellar spectral types - O B A F G K M R N S.

Thanks to R. Probert for contributing this item.

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