If white is the combination of the colors of the rainbow, what is black?

Black, the exact opposite of white light, is the absence of light or the absorption of all light. It may seem obvious to us, but Newton was the first to recognize this fact. A black piece of paper appears black because all the light is being absorbed in the paper—none is reflected back out to our eyes.


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