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Theory of Colours

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Theory of Colours by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a fascinating exploration of the science and philosophy behind color perception. In this groundbreaking work, Goethe challenges traditional theories of color and offers his own unique perspective on how colors are formed and perceived by the human eye.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is Goethe's emphasis on the emotional and psychological impact of colors. He argues that colors have the power to evoke specific moods and emotions, and that understanding this can help us better appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

Goethe also delves into the physics of color, discussing how light and shadow play a crucial role in our perception of color. His observations and experiments with prisms and colored glass are both insightful and thought-provoking, shedding new light on the way we see and interpret the world around us.

Overall, Theory of Colours is a rich and stimulating read that will appeal to anyone with an interest in art, science, or philosophy. Goethe's passionate and rigorous approach to the study of color makes this book a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this complex and fascinating subject.

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Newton's observations on the optical spectrum were widely accepted but Goethe noticed the difference between the scientific explanation and the phenomena as experienced by the human eye. He did not try to explain this, but rather collected and presented data, conducting experiments on the interplay of light and dark. His work was rejected as 'unscientific' by physicists but his color wheel is still used by artists today. - Summary by Lynne Thompson

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