New translation by Cathrine Creeger
This is Rudolf Steiner’s cosmology, a sweeping picture of cosmic, earthly and human evolution that resolves in guidance toward an esoteric path of moral and spiritual development. We know an interesting personal story about this book. William Dawson, an outstanding ornithologist during the earlier part of this century, although husband, father, and son-in-law to three active anthroposophers, was never particularly drawn to Anthroposophy. At the end of his life, as he lay in bed with his final illness, he read Occult Science. When he finished it, he closed the book, set it on the night stand, and, tapping his finger on the cover, said, “This man knows what he is talking about.” He crossed the threshold of death three days later.