Title

The Dynamic Polarity of Romantic Light

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2017

Department

German

Language

English

Publication Title

The Germanic Review

Abstract

This article studies how Johann Wilhelm Ritter proved that a specifically German Romantic approach turned a scientific impasse in the study of light into a new beginning. Ritter's thinking of polarity transcended a simple binarity and began the scientific formalization of invisible light. Seeing affinities where others could not, he projected ultraviolet radiation after William Herschel's discovery of infrared and, in the process, filtered a scientific concept of polarity through a philosophically Romantic lens, which allowed him to see experimental structures more clearly.

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DOI

10.1080/00168890.2017.1370947

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