By: GOETHE, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON, MILLER, GORDON L., MILLER, GORDON L.
United States, MIT Press Ltd: 2009
Seller ID: 10070
60 colour photos, 3 colour illustrations, 21 black & white illustrations,
The Metamorphosis of Plants, published in 1790, was Goethe's first major attempt to describe what he called in a letter to a friend "the truth about the how of the organism." Inspired by the diversity of flora he found on a journey to Italy, Goethe sought a unity of form in diverse structures. He came to see in the leaf the germ of a plant's metamorphosis--"the true Proteus who can hide or reveal himself in all vegetal forms"--from the root and stem leaves to the calyx and corolla, to pistil and stamens. With this ... View More...