Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fun facts: On this date in science history


Goethe by Georg Oswald May  
On August 28th, 1749; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. In addition to poetry, Goethe had an intellectual interest in science, especially; zoology, botany and geology. He coined the term morphology to describe the systematic study of the structure of living things and agreed with evolution; viewing the origin of plants and animals as the specialization and differentiation throughout time to their present forms. However, in many instances we can now say he should have concentrated more on his poetry. His theory on color disagreed with Newton's interpretation of white light as a mixture of colors and he saw all plant structures as modifications of leaf forms.