By Dennis L. Sepper

This ebook explains the history and purpose of the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's infamous assault on Isaac Newton's vintage idea of white gentle and hues. notwithstanding the advantages of Goethe's colour technology, as complicated in his huge Zur Farbenlehre, have usually been stated, it's been nearly unanimously proclaimed invalid as physics. How may Goethe were so fallacious? In his publication, Dennis Sepper indicates that the condemnation of Goethe's assaults on Newton has been in line with inaccurate assumptions concerning the background of Newton's concept and the equipment and ambitions of Goethe's colour technology. by way of illuminating the old heritage and the experimental, methodological, and philosophical features of Goethe's paintings, the writer exhibits that his colour idea is in an incredible feel surely actual and that, as concurrently poet, scientist, historian, and thinker, Goethe controlled to count on vital twentieth-century examine not just within the heritage and philosophy of technological know-how, yet even in colour technology itself.

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