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Theory of Colours

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Newton's observations on the optical spectrum were widely accepted but Goethe noticed the difference between the scientific explanation and the phenomena as experienced by the human eye. He did not try to explain this, but rather collected and presented data, conducting experiments on the interplay of light and dark. His work was rejected as 'unscientific' by physicists but his color wheel is still used by artists today. - Summary by Lynne Thompson (8 hr 58 min)

Chapters

Translator's Preface and Preface to the First Edition

29:04

Read by Lynne T

Introduction

16:11

Read by Nathan Rosquist

Part I - Physiological Colours Section 1 - Effects of Light and Dark on the Eye

5:12

Read by Dylan Campbell

Section II - Effects of Black and White Objects on the Eye

13:32

Read by Nathan Rosquist

Section III - Grey Surfaces and Objects; Section IV - Dazzling Colourless Objec…

9:19

Read by Deborah Balm

Section V - Coloured Objects

13:39

Read by Deborah Balm

Section VI - Coloured Shadows

12:43

Read by Deborah Balm

Section VII - Faint Lights; Section VIII - Subjective Halos

8:55

Read by Kieren Metts

Pathological Colours - Appendix

14:15

Read by Kieren Metts

Part 2 - Physical Colours - Section IX - Diotropical Colours

6:19

Read by playonwords

Section X - Diotropical Colours of the First Class

18:55

Read by playonwords

Section XI - Diotropical Colours of the Second Class - Refraction

8:10

Read by Gillian Hendrie

Subjective Experiments - Section XII - Refraction Without the Appearance of Col…

7:13

Read by Gillian Hendrie

Section XIV - Conditions Under Which the Appearance of Colour Increases

5:23

Read by Lynne T

Section XV - Explanation of the Foregoing Phenomena

12:01

Read by Michelle Tan

Section XVI - Decrease of the Appearance of Colour; Section XVII - Grey Objects…

6:53

Read by Lynne T

Section XVIII - Coloured Objects Displaced by Refraction

19:50

Read by Gillian Hendrie

Section XIX - Achromatism and Hyperchromatism; Section XX - Advantages of Subje…

11:02

Read by DrPGould

Objective Experiments - Section XXI - Refraction Without the Appearance of Colo…

9:02

Read by DrPGould

Section XXIII - Conditions of the Increase of Colour; Section XXIV - Explanatio…

8:27

Read by DrPGould

Section XXV - Decrease of the Appearance of Colour; Section XXVI - Grey Objects…

11:14

Read by Katarina Petric

Section XXIX - Combination of Subjective and Objective Experiments; Section XXX…

8:24

Read by Simona Rusu

Section XXXI - Catatropical Colours

11:11

Read by Simona Rusu

Section XXXII - Paroptical Colours

17:22

Read by Simona Rusu

Section XXXIII - Epoptical Colours

29:59

Read by Simona Rusu

Part III - Chemical Colours - Section XXXIV - Chemical Contrast

3:25

Read by jcrosbie

Section XXXV - White; Section XXXVI - Black; Section XXXVII - First Excitation …

10:23

Read by jcrosbie

Section XXXVIII - Augmentation of Colour; Section XXXIX - Culmination; Section …

9:25

Read by ToddHW

Section XLII - Inversion; Section XLIII - Fixation; Section XLIV - Intermixture…

10:59

Read by ToddHW

Section XLVI - Communication, Actual; Section XLVII - Communication, Apparent

8:26

Read by ToddHW

Section XLVIII - Extraction; Section XLIX - Nomenclature

12:41

Read by Suzie

Section L - Minerals; Section LI - Plants

9:45

Read by Chris Gray

Section LII - Worms, Insects, Fishes; Section LIII - Birds

12:31

Read by Gillian Hendrie

Section LIV - Mammalia and Human Beings

15:32

Read by jenno

Section LV - Physical and Chemical Effects of the Transmission of Light Through…

7:59

Read by Chris Gray

Part IV - General Characteristics

18:10

Read by brianna

Part V - Relation to Other Pursuits

30:04

Read by Lynne T

Part VI - Effect of Colour With Reference to Moral Associations; Yellow; Red-Ye…

18:15

Read by Availle

Completeness and Harmony; Yellow and Blue; Yellow and Red; Blue and Red; Yellow…

19:20

Read by Availle

Aesthetic Influence; Chiaro-Scuro; Tendency to Colour; Keeping; Colour in Gener…

14:47

Read by Availle

Harmonious Colouring; Genuine Tone; False Tone; Weak Colouring; The Motley; Dre…

13:10

Read by Availle

Allegorical, Symbolic, Mystical Application of Color; Concluding Observations

8:56

Read by Availle