Seeing Colour

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Seeing Colour: A Journey through Goethe’s World of Colour

Color is everywhere. From blue skies to red sunsets, from the first flowers in spring to the blazing leaves of autumn. But what is the nature of color?

Scientific books present a variety of mechanical explanations but this approach leaves color as a whole unexplained. In the nineteenth century, the German poet and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe investigated a wide range of color phenomena and discovered the underlying principles that govern color itself.

This lavishly illustrated book brings Goethe’s pioneering research up to date. Through descriptions of simple observations and ingenious experiments, the reader will discover a series of color phenomena that includes afterimages, colored shadows, color mixing, and prismatic and polarization colors.

Seeing Colour is a thought-provoking read for color enthusiasts and experts alike, and an accessible route to a new way of seeing color.

Illustrated in color.

About the Author

Nora Löbe studied painting in Dortmund, Germany, and in Dornach, Switzerland, before developing and putting together touring exhibitions dealing with Goethe’s theory of color. She is a freelance artist and works at the Swiss Science Centre Technorama in Zurich, Switzerland.

Matthias Rang studied physics in Freiburg, Germany and Berlin before becoming a visiting researcher in the field of nano-optics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received a PhD from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. At the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, where Rang co-leads the Natural Science Section, he carries out research on Goethe’s theory of color in relation to physical optics.

Troy Vine completed a PhD in particle physics at University College London, with research undertaken at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. He is currently undertaking a PhD in philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with a thesis focusing on methodology and ontology in the color investigations of Descartes, Newton, Goethe, and Wittgenstein. Vine is an Associate Researcher at The Field Centre in the UK.

Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 0.5 × 9.5 in

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Arthur Zajonc




November 2022






Floris Books


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