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On the Shoulders of Giants
21/09/2018 - 23/09/2018
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
The Legacy of Newton, Goethe and Turner
Newton, Goethe and Turner are undisputed giants in the fields of science, literature and art respectively. All three strove to understand the nature of light, darkness and colour. They did this not independently of their predecessors but in critical relation to them. Goethe’s criticism of Newton is famous – infamous even – and the marginalia of Turner’s copy of Goethe’s Theory of Colours reveal that Goethe had not gone far enough for Turner’s liking; he was still too Newtonian.
Turner’s criticism points to the idea of viewing Goethe’s contribution as a stage in the metamorphosis of Newton’s colour work that was then taken further by scientists such as Michael Wilson, philosophers such as Hegel and Wittgenstein, and artists such as Turner. In this conference we will explore stages of the metamorphosis of the study of light, darkness and colour initiated by Newton.
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