These lectures trace the subtle changes in people's ideas and feelings in connection with the development of natural science. Through this, Steiner shows the significance of scientific research and the mode of thinking that goes with it. As we look at what technology has brought us, we can have a feeling akin to the one of pain over the death of a person. This feeling, Steiner says, will become the most important impetus to seek the spirit.
The nine lectures presented here were given in Dornach from December 24 to 28, 1922 and from January 1 to 6, 1923. In the Collected Edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the volume containing the German texts is entitled,Der Entstehungsmoment der Naturwissenschaft in der Weltgeschichte und ihre seitherige Entwickelung. (Vol. 326 in the Collected Edition.) These lectures were translated by Maria St. Goar and edited by Norman Macbeth.
This lecture series is presented with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn 326, GA 326.