"Goethe's Plant Morphology: The Seeds of Evolution"

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (1):1-15 (2007)
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Abstract

I argue that Goethe’s scientific writings carry in them the seeds of the theory of evolution. Goethe’s works on plant morphology reflects the conflicting ideas of his era on the discreteness and on the stability of species. Goethe’s theory of plant morphology provides a link between the discontinuous view of nature, as exemplified in works of the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), and the continuous view of nature, as exemplified in the work of the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

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Tanya Kelley, PhD
University of Missouri, Kansas City

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