Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The alarming increase in machines torments and frightens me, they are rolling down upon us like a thunderstorm, slowly, slowly, but they are on their way, they will come upon us.1 The Germany into which Goethe was born on 28 August 1749 was a pre-industrial collection of statelets. By his death on 22 March 1832 this pre-eminent genius, a poet, dramatist, novelist, artist, critic, lawyer, civil servant, statesman and scientist, had lived through a period which took Germany to the very threshold...