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Newton’s and Goethe’s Colour Theories — Contradictory or Complementary Approaches?

  • Huldrych M. Koelbing
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Abstract

Before we tackle our main theme, let us remember some ideas of Plato and Aristotle. Perhaps not Newton, but certainly Goethe was well aware of a historical continuity ever since antiquity. The Third Part of his Theory of Colours - in the German original “Die Farbenlehre” - is devoted to its history because, as Goethe explains in the Preface of the work, he thinks “that the history of science is science itself”, - “daß die Geschichte der Wissenschaft die Wissenschaft selbst sei.”1

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Colour Theory White Wall Physical Colour Loeb Classical Library Complementary Colour 
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Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huldrych M. Koelbing
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  1. 1.Institute for the History of MedicineUniversity of ZürichSwitzerland

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