If you love Pantone books as much as I do then you will love reading about the history of color and seeing all the many ways art historians and theorists broke down the shades, hues, and complements.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Theory of Colours designed in 1810 rebutted Newton’s color-spectrum theory by imagining darkness not just as absence of light but as its own active force. As light struck dark, in Goethe’s view, their battle threw off observable sparks of color. (by
[from Sarah Lowengard’s project The Creation of Color in Eighteenth Century Europe and COLOURLovers’ concise summary of the project]