Natural Science





Perceiving Plants - Experiencing Elemental Beings

The Influence of Gnomes, Nymphs, Sylphs and Fire Spirits upon the Life of Plants

Dick van Romunde

Translated by James Lee and Jannebeth Röell

Paperback

$12.00

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Perceiving Plants was originally written as an introduction to Rudolf Steiner's Man as Symphony of the Creative Word (newly titled in English as Harmony of the Creative Word). From there, van Romunde expanded it and the result is this amazing little book in which the author teaches us how to become sensitive to the nature beings that sustain and effect plant life.

Whether you begin next to a favorite potted plant or out in a beautiful meadow, you'll find van Romunde teaching you things that will forever change the way you look at the natural world -- and will probably forever change your life. For, once we become truly awake to the helpful nature spirits, it is very difficult to go on as though they didn't exist, as if what we did really didn't matter.

Perceiving Plants offers us a uniquely joyous awakening to both the nature spirits and our own responsibility. A lovesong to both plants and the beings who create within them.







Projective Geometry

Lawrence Edwards

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$40.00

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The exercises in this book reveal the secrets of space. With over 200 instructive diagrams, Lawrence Edwards presents a clear and artistic understanding of the intriguing qualities of non-Euclidean geometry.

The elements of geometry are points, lines and planes, together with Space and Nothing. In Euclidean geometry, we observe these as if we are point-centered beings concerned with extensive measurement. In non-Euclidean, or projective geometry, we are 'planar' beings observing spatial relations, free of measurement, as dynamic and transformational. According to the author, this is a polar opposite vision of intensive space, and it reveals remarkable secrets. Edwards invites the reader to discover these secrets through practical exercises in creative geometry.




Triangle, Circle and Soul

Harry Kretz

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$7.95

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Harry Kretz has taught geometry in Waldorf schools for many years, pondering why the study of points, lines, planes, and three dimensional forms so powerfully holds the students' interest and desire for further exploration.

Moses wrote that God created man, a living soul. Plato wrote that God geometrizes. If the sould is thought of as the threefold principle of life - thinking, feeling, and action - and the triangle is a form with three sides, is there a connection? The author's dream experience seems to say 'yes.'

A fascinating exploration - full of things to ponder. I've had a few "geometric" dreams in my life (many years ago now) - I still remember them vividly. They were among the handful of dreams I've had where I felt myself immersed in understanding, where things were explained that I couldn't quite "get" in broad daylight. Almost uniquely, this understanding stayed with me after waking, and is with me now. Harry Kretz had many more such experiences -- I think his sharing of them can offer much which enriches.




Sensitive Chaos

The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air

Theodor Schwenk

Preface by Jacques Cousteau

$5.00

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Originally $38.00 -

Sensitive Chaos presents one of the most enthralling, marvelous, even sensuous journeys into life on Earth. The destination? Nothing less than eye-to-eye contact with the conjunction of living creation with the matter of our Earth and beyond. Theodor Schwenk's groundbreaking work stands as vivid testimony to the interconnectedness of all life and to the living heartbeat of the Earth itself. This is a wonderful book - one I have turned to many times over the 20 years since I first found it. Please do give yourself the same opportunity. Beyond outstanding!


The Dynamic Heart and Circulation

Edited by Craig Holdrege

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$15.00

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Based on years of Goethean science research, the essays in this book provide a dynamic view of the heart and circulatory system, providing a wealth of factual material that a teacher can use for his or her blocks. This book will also be useful to anthroposophical and holistic health practitioners, as well as to scientists interested in a Goethean approach to human biology.



The Spirit in Human Evolution

Martyn Rawson

$22.00

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Martyn Rawson, seasoned Waldorf teacher and biologist, takes the reader on a journey into modern anthropological thinking from the perspective of a spiritual scientist.

Chapters include:

  • Self-knowledge, Truth, and Goodness
  • Contextual Thinking Versus Reductionist Thinking
  • Anthroposophical Anthropology and the Developing Human Being
  • First Steps
  • Lucy, Flatface, and Friends
  • Working Man




The Living World of Plants

A Book for Children and Students of Nature

Dr. Gerbert Grohmann

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$16.00

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This book can be thought of as a distillation of Grohmann's extensive two-volume study, The Plant. Here, the material is presented in a way that will engage both younger students and the adults who teach them. I find that in many ways, The Living World of Plants, is much more powerful in its capacity to evoke awe at the truly amazing world of plants than his more detailed presentation in The Plant. If you are not conversant with the plant world, but would like to be, this is the book for you. An excellent source book for teachers of all grade levels, whether in school or at home. Can be useful as a reader for children grades 5 and up.




The Light Course

First Course in Natural Science: Light, Color, Sound - Mass, Electricity, Magnetism

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Raoul Cansino

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$19.95

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Rudolf Steiner's course on light, which includes explorations of color, sound, mass, electricity, and magnetism, presages the dawn of a new worldview in the natural sciences that will stand your notion of the physical world on its head.

This "first course" in natural science, given to the teachers of the new Stuttgart Waldorf School as an inspiration for developing the physics curriculum, is based on Goethe's approach to the study of nature.

Acknowledging that modern physicists had come to regard Goethe's ideas on physics as a kind of "nonsense," Steiner contrasts the traditional scientific approach, which treats phenomena as evidence of natural laws, with Goethean science, which rejects the idea of an abstract law behind natural phenomena and instead seeks to be a rational description of nature.

Steiner also refutes the mechanistic reductionism practiced by scientific positivists. He emphasizes the validity of human experience, pointing toward the revolution in scientific paradigms going on today that reclaims ground for the subject - the human being - in the study of nature.