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

The Metamorphosis of Plants 2009, Mit Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780262013093

Revised edition