Wilhelm Ostwald's Combinatorics as a Link between In-formation and Form

  title={Wilhelm Ostwald's Combinatorics as a Link between In-formation and Form},
  author={Thomas Hapke},
  journal={Library Trends},
  pages={286 - 303}
The combinatorial thinking of the chemist and Nobel laureate Wilhelm Ostwald grew out of his activities in chemistry and was further developed in his philosophy of nature. Ostwald used combinatorics as an analogous, creative, and interdisciplinary way of thinking in areas like knowledge organization and in his theory of colors and forms. His work marginally influenced art movements like the German Werkbund, the Dutch De Stijl, and the Bauhaus. Ostwald's activities and his use of spatial… 

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