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andlt;Pandgt;The Metamorphosis of Plants, published in 1790, was Goethe's first major attempt to describe what he called in a letter to a friend andquot;the truth about the how of the organism.andquot; 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--andquot;the true Proteus who can hide or reveal himself in all vegetal formsandquot;--from the root and stem leaves to the calyx and corolla, to pistil and stamens. With this short book--123 numbered paragraphs, in the manner of the great botanist Linnaeus--Goethe aimed to tell the story of botanical forms in process, to present, in effect, a motion picture of the metamorphosis of plants. This MIT Press edition of The Metamorphosis of Plants illustrates Goethe's text (in an English translation by Douglas Miller) with a series of stunning and starkly beautiful color photographs as well as numerous line drawings. It is the most completely and colorfully illustrated edition of Goethe's book ever published. It demonstrates vividly Goethe's ideas of transformation and interdependence, as well as the systematic use of imagination in scientific research---which influenced thinkers ranging from Darwin to Thoreau and has much to teach us today about our relationship with nature.andlt;/Pandgt;

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Goethe's influential text, newly illustrated with stunning color photographs.

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This edition . . . provides pictures situated in the text of all the plants to which [Goethe] refers, so that we can see for ourselves the specific points to which he is drawing our attention.--Henri Bortoft, author of "The Wholeness of Nature."

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andlt;Pandgt;Goethe's influential text, newly illustrated with stunning color photographs.andlt;/Pandgt;

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The Metamorphosis of Plants, published in 1790, was Goethe's first majorattempt to describe what he called in a letter to a friend the truth about thehow of the organism. Inspired by the diversity of flora he found on a journeyto Italy, Goethe sought a unity of form in diverse structures. He came to see in theleaf the germ of a plant's metamorphosis--the true Proteus who can hide orreveal himself in all vegetal forms--from the root and stem leaves to thecalyx and corolla, to pistil and stamens. With this short book--123 numberedparagraphs, in the manner of the great botanist Linnaeus--Goethe aimed to tell thestory of botanical forms in process, to present, in effect, a motion picture of themetamorphosis of plants. This MIT Press edition of The Metamorphosis of Plantsillustrates Goethe's text (in an English translation by Douglas Miller) with aseries of stunning and starkly beautiful color photographs as well as numerous linedrawings. It is the most completely and colorfully illustrated edition of Goethe'sbook ever published. It demonstrates vividly Goethe's ideas of transformation andinterdependence, as well as the systematic use of imagination in scientificresearch---which influenced thinkers ranging from Darwin to Thoreau and has much toteach us today about our relationship with nature.

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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 short book--123 numbered paragraphs, in the manner of the great botanist Linnaeus--Goethe aimed to tell the story of botanical forms in process, to present, in effect, a motion picture of the metamorphosis of plants. This MIT Press edition of The Metamorphosis of Plants illustrates Goethe's text (in an English translation by Douglas Miller) with a series of stunning and starkly beautiful color photographs as well as numerous line drawings. It is the most completely and colorfully illustrated edition of Goethe's book ever published. It demonstrates vividly Goethe's ideas of transformation and interdependence, as well as the systematic use of imagination in scientific research---which influenced thinkers ranging from Darwin to Thoreau and has much to teach us today about our relationship with nature.

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ISBN:
9780262013093
Author:
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Photographer:
Miller, Gordon L.
Introduction by:
Miller, Gordon L.
Introduction:
Miller, Gordon L.
Author:
Miller, Gordon L.
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Plant morphology
Subject:
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Knowledge -
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Developmental Biology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Flowers
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Botany-General
Copyright:
Series:
The Metamorphosis of Plants
Publication Date:
20090911
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color photos, 3 color illus., 21 b, &
Pages:
156
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Goethe's influential text, newly illustrated with stunning color photographs.
"Synopsis" by , This edition . . . provides pictures situated in the text of all the plants to which [Goethe] refers, so that we can see for ourselves the specific points to which he is drawing our attention.--Henri Bortoft, author of "The Wholeness of Nature."
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;Goethe's influential text, newly illustrated with stunning color photographs.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , The Metamorphosis of Plants, published in 1790, was Goethe's first majorattempt to describe what he called in a letter to a friend the truth about thehow of the organism. Inspired by the diversity of flora he found on a journeyto Italy, Goethe sought a unity of form in diverse structures. He came to see in theleaf the germ of a plant's metamorphosis--the true Proteus who can hide orreveal himself in all vegetal forms--from the root and stem leaves to thecalyx and corolla, to pistil and stamens. With this short book--123 numberedparagraphs, in the manner of the great botanist Linnaeus--Goethe aimed to tell thestory of botanical forms in process, to present, in effect, a motion picture of themetamorphosis of plants. This MIT Press edition of The Metamorphosis of Plantsillustrates Goethe's text (in an English translation by Douglas Miller) with aseries of stunning and starkly beautiful color photographs as well as numerous linedrawings. It is the most completely and colorfully illustrated edition of Goethe'sbook ever published. It demonstrates vividly Goethe's ideas of transformation andinterdependence, as well as the systematic use of imagination in scientificresearch---which influenced thinkers ranging from Darwin to Thoreau and has much toteach us today about our relationship with nature.
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