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First Scientific Lecture-Course

The Light Course

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First Scientific Lecture-Course

Light Course

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Rudolf Steiner's course on light, which includes explorations of color, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism, presages the dawn of a new world view in the natural sciences that will stand our notion of the physical world on its head. This ‘first course’ in natural science, given to the teachers of the new Stuttgart Waldorf School as an inspiration for developing the physics curriculum, is based on Goethe's approach to the study of nature. Steiner corrects the mechanistic reductionism practised by scientific positivists, emphasizing instead the validity of human experience and pointing toward a revolution in scientific paradigms that would reclaim ground for the subject-the human being-in the study of nature.

by
Rudolf Steiner

Ten Lectures, 23rd December 1919 to 3rd January 1920
Given in Stuttgart
Bn/GA 320

Rudolf Steiner's course on Light, which includes explorations of color, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism, presages the dawn of a new world view in the natural sciences that stands our notion of the physical world on its head. This ‘first course’ in natural science, given to the teachers of the new Stuttgart Waldorf School as an inspiration for developing the physics curriculum, is based on Goethe's approach to the study of nature. Steiner corrects the mechanistic reductionism practised by scientific positivists, emphasizing instead the validity of human experience and pointing toward a revolution in scientific paradigms that would reclaim ground for the subject-the human being-in the study of nature.

Authorized Translation by George Adams M.A.
from the 1925 Edition of the Original
issued by the Natural Scientific Section of
the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
It is presented here with the kind permission of
the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
With a Foreword by Dr. Guenther Wachsmuth

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CONTENTS

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VOLUME I

Cover Sheet  
Foreword  
Prefatory Note  
First Lecture December 23rd, 1919
Second Lecture December 24th, 1919
Third Lecture December 25th, 1919
Fourth Lecture December 26th, 1919
Fifth Lecture December 27th, 1919

VOLUME II

Cover Sheet  
Sixth Lecture December 29th, 1919
Seventh Lecture December 30th, 1919
Eighth Lecture December 31st, 1919
Ninth Lecture January 2nd, 1920
Tenth Lecture January 3rd, 1920




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