By Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gerhard Claus Mattheck (auth.)
The fantastic thing about a knotty oak tree isn't like that of a stunning flower. it's the tough fantastic thing about an previous soldier's face displaying the strains of wind and solar, of damage and of victory, bearing the scars of bygone battles. it truly is diverse from the delicate, smooth fantastic thing about a tender lady that is glaring to someone at the beginning sight. the great thing about an previous and crippled tree is hidden until perceived by means of the alert eye which can fancy or particularly figure the difficult trials of existence the tree has ex perienced. considering timber during this manner isn't a lot diverse from busying oneself with physiognomies, i.e. with the paintings of judging personality from the beneficial properties of the human face. Physiognomies is frequently thought of a doubtful technological know-how, yet is prac ticed each day in human conversation via all people from early early life to previous age. even though all of us may be able to parent the angrily furrowed forehead, the guffawing crow's-feet lower than the eyes, the boastful harsh strains round the nostril, the demanding slim mouth, the gluttonous lip, and the key eye of the silent ob server, we'd by no means admit to depend upon such possible uncertain methods.