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Most of Goethe's explanations of colour have been thoroughly demolished, but no criticism has been leveled at his reports of the facts to be observed; nor should any be.
This book can lead the reader through a demonstration course not only in subjectively produced colours (after images, light and dark adaptation, irradiation, coloured shadows, and pressure phosphenes), but also in physical phenomena detectable qualitatively by observation of color (absorption, scattering, refraction, diffraction, polarization, and interference).
A reader who attempts to follow the logic of Goethe's explanations and who attempts to compare them with the currently accepted views might, even with the advantage of 1970 sophistication, become convinced that Goethe's theory, or at least a part of it, has been dismissed too quickly. —Deane B. Judd, editor, M.I.T. Press, 1970.