Sunday, September 24, 2006

Goethe: pre-lecture

I hope you are enjoying your encounter with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) in the form of a collection of his writings on science.

The virtue of Goethe is that he was an unchallenged universal genius -- of the calibre of Leonardo da Vinci -- and so his conception of science has supreme weight. I was very happy to have found the edition that we are using when I was putting our course together. Someone deserves our thanks for putting this compendium of salient observations into one manageable volume.

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