Goethe on Science

An Anthology of Goethe's Scientific Writings

Edited by Jeremy Naydler

Foreword by Henri Bortoft

Format: Paperback

A systematic arrangement of extracts from Goethe's major scientific works which reveal how fundamentally different his approach was to scientific study of the natural world.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is most famous for his work on colour theory, but he was also an accomplished all-round scientist, studying and writing on anatomy, geology, botany, zoology and meteorology. This book draws together, in Goethe's own words, his key ideas on nature, science and scientific method.


Goethe believed that we should study our world and nature as people at home in it, rather than removedly, as if we were aliens from another planet. He adopted a qualitative approach to science at odds with Newton's quantitative methods that were so popular in his day. His is a sensitive science which does not ignore our relationship to nature.


The extracts in this book are fascinating and essential reading for anyone who feels that we've lost our spiritual connection to nature.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 1 Oct 1996
ISBN 9780863152375

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