July 2nd, 2002 | | No Comments »



Diagrams with gray and colored shapes on various backgrounds were among the objects Goethe studied in his investigations of color. The exploratory approach that Goethe and others followed has often proved valuable for science, especially when no overarching conceptual framework exists to guide experimentation. In their article on page 43, Neil Ribe and Friedrich Steinle discuss philosophical and historical aspects of this approach to research.



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