Renowned poet and author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) claimed that his greatest contribution to the world was not his famous Faust (Part I in 1808 and Part II in 1832) or his best-selling 1774 epistolary novel, Die Leiden des jungen Werther [Sorrows of Young Werther], the first German novel to achieve international fame, but was instead his scientific treatise on optics and colors, Zur Farbenlehre [Towards a Theory of Color] from 1810.
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Sullivan, H.I. (2017). Goethe's colors: Revolutionary optics and the Anthropocene. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 51(1), 115-124. doi:10.1353/ecs.2017.0049