**POSTPONED** Goethe's Theory of Colour

30 April 2020

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a towering figure in German culture and literature, and was also a considerable scientist He considered his theory of colour Zur Farbenlehre (1810) to be one of his most important works. In it he challenged Newton's concepts and methodology for the investigation of colour. Although Goethe's work is now generally overlooked by physi-cists, it has had significant influence in non-scientific communi-ties. We shall explore his methodology and findings and, with the aid of some experimental demonstrations, shall see for our-selves some of the phenomena that led Goethe to doubt New-ton. [The talk will be in English].

Professor Daniel Wolverson, Department of Physics, University of Bath