The Metamorphosis of Plants

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9780938250364: The Metamorphosis of Plants

This booklet contains Goethe's treatise on the metamorphosis of plants in 123 paragraphs as well as Rudolf Steiner's essay "The Origin of Goethe's Theory of Metamorphosis."

Anyone interested in Goethe's dynamic concept of the metamorphosis of plants should read this original treatise. A prime example of his "perceptive power of judgment," this fascinating little work introduces a radically new way of looking at plants as lively manifestations of dynamic formative principles.

Contents

Origin of the Theory of Metamorphosis by R. Steiner
The Metamorphosis of Plants
Introduction
Of the Seed Leaves
The Development of the Stem-Leaves from Node to Node
Transition to the Flower
Formation of the Calyx
Formation of the Corolla
The Formation of the Stamens
Nectaries
More about the Stamens
Formation of the Style and Stigma
The Fruits
The Immediate Covering of the Seed
A Glance Backward and Forward
Eyes and their Development
Formation of Composite Flowers and Fruits
A Proliferous Rose
A Proliferous Carnation
Linnaeus's Theory of Anticipation
Summary

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About the Author:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) is a giant of German and world literature. Indeed, he coined the term Weltliteratur and spoke Greek, Latin, French, English, and Italian. In addition to its profound quality, the volume of work during his eighty-two-year lifetime is impressive. Among other works, Goethe wrote a worldwide, bestselling novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers, 1774), volumes of poetry, and several dramas, including his masterwork Faust― a massive two-volume work that was not entirely finished by the time of the poet's death. Goethe also engaged in painting and science, from which came his Theory of Color (“Farbenlehre”) among other scientific works―a collected edition that Rudolf Steiner edited and introduced as a young man (see Nature’s Open Secret). Indeed, Goethe's body of scientific and philosophical works was one of the most important influences in the development of Rudolf Steiner’s early work and for Anthroposophy as a whole.

Review:

Goethe would be delighted with this edition of The Metamorphosis of Plants. It does what he hoped would eventually become possible and provides pictures situated in the text of all the plants to which he refers, so that we can see for ourselves the specific points to which he is drawing our attention. Reading it, I felt that here at last is the complete book, compared to which all previous publications of it seem like only a skeleton. Thanks to Gordon Miller's wonderful photography and careful selection of images, as well as his perceptive introduction, we can now all appreciate the extraordinary nature of Goethe's achievement. We can only be astonished at the detailed and painstaking observational work, together with the overall vision of the idea of metamorphosis, which biology today recognizes as the truth of the plant. This welcome edition makes Goethe's work more widely available than ever before, both for those who have not yet had the opportunity to read it, and for those who have read it, to read it again as if for the first time.

(Henri Bortoft, author of The Wholeness of Nature and Goethe's Scientific Consciousness)

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Editorial: SteinerBooks (1993)
ISBN 10: 0938250361 ISBN 13: 9780938250364
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