Escutcheons of Science

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   (1749-1832)

Azure, an estoile within a bordure Argent.

The above rendition of Goethe's coat-of-arms is from a drawing by Jochen Wilke.
The full picture  [at 4 times the above resolution]  was received on 2004-06-03.
[ © 2004 Jochen Wilke.  This copyrighted image is reproduced here by permission. ]

 Alles Vergangliche ist 
 nur ein Gleichnis

In lieu of a motto, Wilke's original picture features a famous quote from the last
verses of Faust (Goethe's masterpiece, 1808 & 1832) which is reminiscent of
the allegory of Plato's Cave.  Goethe himself apparently didn't sport any motto.

Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis.
[ Every fleeting thing is but an appearance. ]

Quote :   Science has been seriously retarded by the study of 
what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable
.      Goethe
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