Goethean Science Bibliography

June 1986, with some additions October 1999

We apologise for missing bibliographic data -- these were not available on the original handwritten version.

Goethe’s own writings

Goethe’s World View. Fred Unger (ed.) & Heinz Norden (trans.). F. Unger Publishing Co., NY. 1963.

Goethe’s Colour Theory. Translated and edited by R. Matthaei. 1971. Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY. Includes ‘The Experiment as Mediator between Subject and Object’ and ‘Experience and Knowledge’

Readings in Goethean Science. Eds. Jolly & Koepf. Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association, Rhode Island. 1978.

Wisdom and Experience. Hermann J. Weingard, ed. RKP. 1949.

Goethe: Conversations and Encounters. Eds. & Trans: Luke & Pick. London, 1966.

Letters from Goethe. M. Herzfield & C. A. M. Sym. Edinburgh University Press, 1957.

The Metamorphosis of Plants. Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association, Rhode Island. 1974.

The Practical Wisdom of Goethe. Emil Ludwig ed. Allen & Unwin, London. 1933.

The flight to Italy -- Diary and Selected letters. (1999) Trans. T. J. Reed. Oxford University Press.


Books on Goethe

Cassirer, E. (1961) Rousseau Kant & Goethe.

Magnus, R. (1949) Goethe as a Scientist. Trans. Heinz Norden, Henry Schuman, NY.

Sherrington, C. (1949) Goethe on Nature and on Science. Cambridge University Press.

Vietor, K. (1950) Goethe the Thinker.

Arber, Agnes (1950) The Natural History of Plant Form. Cambridge.

Steiner, R. (1950) Goethe the Scientist. Anthroposophic Press, NY. Trans. Olin D. Wannamaker.

Heitler, W. (1963) Man and Science. Basic Books, NY. Trans. R. Schlapp.

von Helmholz, H. (1962) Popular Scientific Lectures. Selected with intro. by M. Kline. Dover, NY. (contains an attack on Goethe's scientific researches)

Whyte, L. L. Aspects of Form: A symposium on form in nature and art. (publisher/year unknown)

Lewes, G. H. (1898) The story of Goethe's life. Boston. Later published as The life and works of Goethe. J. M. Dent, Everyman's Library, London 1908.

Gray, R. D. (1967) Goethe: A critical introduction. Cambridge.

Schräder, F. O. (1914) The religion of Goethe. Theosophical Publishing House, Madras.

Uberoi, J. P. S. (1978) Science and culture. Oxford University Press. (one chapter)

Roszack, Theodore (1972) Where the wasteland ends. Faber, London. (one chapter on Goethe's science)

Sa??, Peter (1971) The poem as plant. Cleveland.

Heisenberg, Werner (1974) Across the frontiers. Harper & Row, NY. (chapter on Goethe's view of nature & science)

Nisbet, H. B. (1972) Goethe and the scientific tradition. Institute of Germanic Studies, London. (good introduction, critical)

Trevelyan, Humphrey (1941 & 1981) Goethe and the Greeks. Cambridge.

Reed, T. J. (1984) Goethe. Oxford University Press.

Fairley, Barker (1947) A Study of Goethe. Oxford.

Wilkinson, C. M. & L. A. Willoughby Goethe: Poet and Thinker. London

Santayana, George (1910) Three philosophical poets. Cambridge, Mass.

Wells, G. A. (1978) Goethe and the development of science 1750-1900. London.

Heller, Erich (1975) The disinherited mind. Bowes & Bowes, London (with essay: Goethe and the idea of scientific truth.

Heisenberg, W. (1952) Philosophical problems of nuclear science. Faber, London (with essay on Goethe & Newton.)

Boyle, Nicholas (198?) Goethe, the poet and the age. Vols. I & II. Oxford.


Articles on Goethe

Hennig, J. (1951) in The Modern Language Quarterly XII, 201

Larson, J. (1967) in The Journal of the History of Ideas 28, 590

Wells, G. (1966-7) Goethe and the Intermaxillary Bone, in The British Journal for the History of Science, III, 348

Wells, G. (1965) Goethe's geological studies, in Publications of the English Goethe Society (PEGS) 35, 92

Wells, G. (1968) Goethe's scientific method and aims in the light of his studies of physical optics, in PEGS 38, 69

Nisbet, H. B. (1967) Herder, Goethe and the natural type, in PEGS 37, (no page number)

Steiner, R. (1888) Goethe as the founder of a new science of aesthetics. Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co., London. Trans. G. Metaxa, Ed. H. Collinson. (2nd German edition 1919. Also version published in 1922 by Anthroposophical Publishing Co.)

Wells, G. A. (1950) Coleridge and Goethe on scientific method in the light of some unpublished Coleridge marginalia, in German Life and Letters 54, 101-114

Schuster, A. (1890?) Goethe's Farbenlehre, in PEGS 5, (no page number)

Alexander, N. (1908) Goethe and mysticism, in The Occult Review, April.

Andrade, E. N. (1942) Goethe and science, in Nature 150, 275

Arber, Agnes (1946) Goethe's botany, in Chronica Botanica X, number 2 (no page number, contains translation of Metamorphosis of Plants, and Essay on Nature)

Heller, Erich (1950) Goethe and the idea of scientific truth, in The Cambridge Journal, May (no page number).

Weiss, F. E. (19??) Goethe as naturalist, in PEGS V, (no page number)

Zajonc, A. G. (1976) Goethe's theory of colour and scientific intuition, in Am. J. Physics 44, 327

Wilson, M. H. (1958) Goethe's colour experiments, in Yearbook of the Physical Society, London.

Gebert, Hans (1976) Goethe's work on colour, in Michigan Academician VIII, 249

Fairley, Barker (1936) Goethe's attitude to science, in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 20, number 2, July-Aug.

Heinemann, Fritz (1934) Goethe's phenomenological method, in Philosophy, January

Haltsmark, Torgen (1969) Goethe and the phenomenon of colour, in The Anatomy of Knowledge, R.K.P.

Jaki, Stanley L. (1969) Goethe and the physicists, in Am. J. Physics 37, number 2, Feb, 195

Bortoft, Henri (1985) Counterfeit and authentic wholes: finding a means for dwelling in nature, in Dwelling Place and Environment, ed. Seamon & Mugeraver, Martinus Nyhoff Pubs., Dordrecht

Whyte, L.L. (1948-9) Goethe's single view of nature and man, in German Life and Letters III, (no page number)

Seamon, David (1978, 1979) Goethe's approach to the natural world, in Humanistic Geography, ed. David Ley & M. Samuels. Marcuta Press., Chicago 1978. L. Helm, London 1979. p.238

Wilkinson, Elizabeth (1951) Goethe's conception of form, in Proceedings of the British Academy XXXVII, (no page number)

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