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Goethe’s Theory of Colour

Thu 25 November 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Please note: this is a live event to be held at Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN).

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 physicists, it has had significant influence in non-scientific communities. We shall explore his methodology and findings and, with the aid of some experimental demonstrations, see for ourselves some of the phenomena that led Goethe to doubt Newton.

Professor Daniel Wolverson, Department of Physics, University of Bath

Image: Portrait of Johann Goethe, 1787 (Goethe in der roemischen Campagna) by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (Pixabay)

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Thu 25 November
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