Theory of Colours

ISBN-10: 0486448053
ISBN-13: 9780486448053
Edition: 2006
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Description: In this classic of speculative science, Goethe, the author of Faustand one of the world's greatest thinkers, provides a unique perspective on the nature of color. While not scientifically correct in light of current knowledge, the book is invaluable  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

In this classic of speculative science, Goethe, the author of Faustand one of the world's greatest thinkers, provides a unique perspective on the nature of color. While not scientifically correct in light of current knowledge, the book is invaluable in its exploration of color, art, aesthetics, and philosophy. Its inimitable prose and stimulating ideas have made it a longtime favorite with intelligent readers.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main. He was greatly influenced by his mother, who encouraged his literary aspirations. After troubles at school, he was taught at home and gained an exceptionally wide education. At the age of 16, Goethe began to study law at Leipzig University from 1765 to 1768, and he also studied drawing with Adam Oeser. After a period of illness, he resumed his studies in Strasbourg from 1770 to 1771. Goethe practiced law in Frankfurt for two years and in Wetzlar for a year. He contributed to the Frankfurter Gelehrte Anzeigen from 1772 to 1773, and in 1774 he published his first novel, self-revelatory Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers. In 1775 he was welcomed by Duke Karl August into the small court of Weimar, where he worked in several governmental offices. He was a council member and member of the war commission, director of roads and services, and managed the financial affairs of the court. Goethe was released from day-to-day governmental duties to concentrate on writing, although he was still general supervisor for arts and sciences, and director of the court theatres. In the 1790s Goethe contributed to Friedrich von Schiller�s journal Die Horen, published Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and continued his writings on the ideals of arts and literature in his own journal, Propyl�en. The first part of his masterwork, Faust, appeared in 1808, and the second part in 1832. Goethe had worked for most of his life on this drama, and was based on Christopher Marlowe's Faust. From 1791 to 1817, Goethe was the director of the court theatres. He advised Duke Carl August on mining and Jena University, which for a short time attracted the most prominent figures in German philosophy. He edited Kunst and Altertum and Zur Naturwissenschaft. Goethe died in Weimar on March 22, 1832. He and Duke Schiller are buried together, in a mausoleum in the ducal cemetery.

Introduction
Translator's Preface
Preface to the First Edition of 1810
Introduction
Physiological Colours
Effects of Light and Darkness on the Eye
Effects of Black and White Objects on the Eye
Grey Surfaces and Objects
Dazzling Colourless Objects
Coloured Objects
Coloured Shadows
Faint Lights
Subjective Halos
Pathological Colours--Appendix
Physical Colours
Dioptrical Colours
Dioptrical Colours of the First Class
Dioptrical Colours of the Second Class--Refraction
Subjective Experiments
Refraction without the Appearance of Colour
Conditions of the Appearance of Colour
Conditions under which the Appearance of Colour increases
Explanation of the foregoing Phenomena
Decrease of the Appearance of Colour
Grey Objects Displayed by Refraction
Coloured Objects Displaced by Refraction
Achromatism and Hyperchromatism
Advantages of Subjective Experiments--Transition to the Objective
Objective Experiments
Refraction without the Appearance of Colour
Conditions of the Appearance of Colour
Conditions of the Increase of Colour
Explanation of the foregoing Phenomena
Decrease of the Appearance of Colour
Grey Objects
Coloured Objects
Achromatism and Hyperchromatism
Combination of Subjective and Objective Experiments
Transition
Catoprical Colours
Paroptical Colours
Epoptical Colours
Chemical Colours
Chemical Contrast
White
Black
First Excitation of Colour
Augmentation of Colour
Culmination
Fluctuation
Passage through the Whole Scale
Inversion
Fixation
Intermixture, Real
Intermixture, Apparent
Communication, Actual
Communication, Apparent
Extraction
Nomenclature
Minerals
Plants
Worms, Insects, Fishes
Birds
Mammalia and Human Beings
Physical and Chemical Effects of the Transmission of Light through Coloured Mediums
Chemical Effect in Dioptrical Achromatism
General Characteristics
The Facility with which Colour appears
The Definite Nature of Colour
Combination of the Two Principles
Augmentation to Red
Junction of the Two Augmented Extremes
Completeness the Result of Variety in Colour
Harmony of the Complete State
Facility with which Colour may be made to rend either to the plus or minus side
Evanescence of Colour
Permanence of Colour
Relation to Other Pursuits
Relation to Philosophy
Relation to Mathematics
Relation to the Technical Operations of the Dyer
Relation to Physiology and Pathology
Relation to Natural History
Relation to General Physics
Relation to the Theory of Music
Concluding Observations on Terminology
Effect of Colour with Reference to Moral Associations
Yellow
Red-Yellow
Yellow-Red
Blue
Red-Blue
Blue-Red
Red
Green
Completeness and Harmony
Characteristic Combinations
Yellow and Blue
Yellow and Red
Blue and Red
Yellow-Red and Blue-Red
Combination Non-Characteristic
Relation of the Combinatons to Light and Dark
Considerations derived from the Evidence of Experience and History
Aesthetic Influence
Chiaro-Scuro
Tendency to Colour
Keeping
Colouring
Colour in General Nature
Colour of Particular Objects
Characteristic Colouring
Harmonius Colouring
Genuine Tone
False Tone
Weak Colouring
The Motley
Dread of Theory
Ultimate Aim
Grounds
Pigments
Allegorical, Symbolical, Mystical Application of Colour
Concluding Observations

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