The plant between sun and earth.
Goethe saw the life of the higher plants as a threefold rhythm of expansion and contraction. First, the expansion from the seed into the leaf and leaf-bearing shoot; then the contraction into the calyx of involucre. Second, the expansion into the coloured petals, with the contraction into pistil and stamens. Third, the expansion of the fertilized ovary into the fruit, and the supreme contraction into the seed. It is to this rhythmic life between contraction and expansion, darkness and light, that we must look, with Goethe, if we would further our understandings of the plant in a way which is true to its living nature. l Goethean Science Foundation. Stourbridge 1952. Cl. 66 pp. Colour plates complete. Good condition.