Also, I always learned that black was an indication of no color, and white was every color in one.
[Edited by yosup, 1/11/2011 8:46:13 PM]
It depends on the source.
For example, my laptop's color is black but this is following the molecular theory as they used a specific paint for the plastic outer casing of my laptop.
But when dealing with the light spectrum, when you split white light, you get the entire visible color spectrum showing no traces of black to create. This is best illustrated by looking at a black hole in that all you see is black but there is nothing being reflected back to the person because a black hole absorbs everything beyond the event horizon (leaving a void in which nothing exists therefore black does not exist).
Pigmentation works by reflecting the color of the pigment back towards the person and your eyes see this color. Black simply absorbs everything but to do this, the actual molecular compound must be black and therefore black does exist as a color in the Periodical Elements.
It is important to note that the light spectrum is energy while pigmentation is matter. You cannot have something be energy and matter at the same time (you are either one or the other). Each have their own unique properties.
[Edited by Neo7, 1/11/2011 8:51:41 PM]
Colour is produced when a material absorbs certain (or all) colours present in white light. No light, no colour.
[Edited by SuperSkyline89, 1/12/2011 8:32:27 AM]
Well, consider this. If there is no light, everything is black. Even if you know the objects are a certain colour in the light, it doesn't change that absence of light makes them black.
Ergo, light is required for there to be colour.
But when light is shining on everything and still some objects show as black, is this an absence of light? I don't think so.