The Metamorphosis of Plants

Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe

Translation revised by Anne E. Marshall and Heinz Grotzke from the British Journal of Botany (1863)


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In a way, this little book is responsible for giving modern agriculture, botany, biology – science in general – a method of observation and understanding which includes living relationships of phenomena. If you are looking for a way to get to know the plant world more intimately, you couldn’t begin with a better guide. Goethe’s presentation is really a collection of short observations, insights, thoughts – collected as he observed various aspects of plant life. Each one can be used for your own meditation and observation – a doorway to greater understanding. There is a lifetime’s exploration here – one which will leave you richer every time you visit it.

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