D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson John Tyler Bonner
On Growth and Form
August 16, 2018 Comments.. 234
On Growth and Form Why do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do D Arcy Thompson s classic On Growth and Form looks at the way things grow and the shapes they take Analysing biological processes in t

  • Title: On Growth and Form
  • Author: D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson John Tyler Bonner
  • ISBN: 9781107672567
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do D Arcy Thompson s classic On Growth and Form looks at the way things grow and the shapes they take Analysing biological processes in their mathematical and physical aspects, this historic work, first published in 1917, has also become renowned for the sheer poetry of its descriptions A great scientist senWhy do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do D Arcy Thompson s classic On Growth and Form looks at the way things grow and the shapes they take Analysing biological processes in their mathematical and physical aspects, this historic work, first published in 1917, has also become renowned for the sheer poetry of its descriptions A great scientist sensitive to the fascinations and beauty of the natural world tells of jumping fleas and slipper limpets of buds and seeds of bees cells and rain drops of the potter s thumb and the spider s web of a film of soap and a bubble of oil of a splash of a pebble in a pond.

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    1 Blog on “On Growth and Form

    1. Edward says:

      Foreword: This Was a Man, by Stephen Jay GouldThe Editor's Introduction, by John Tyler Bonner--On Growth and Form [Abridged]Index

    2. Christopher says:

      This book is a meticulous work that's both thought provoking and inspiring in its scope. There are plenty of profound, even poetic, insights scattered throughout a density of seemingly sterile precision. An especially interesting holism can be found in the chapter titled 'On the Theory of Transformations, or the Comparison of Related Forms' : "With the 'characters' of Mendelian genetics there is no fault to be found; tall and short, rough and smooth, plain or coloured are opposite tendencies or [...]

    3. Lorne Rothman says:

      "On Growth and Form" is a brilliant piece of scientific literature written by a true renaissance man. This remarkably varied book describes the wondrous diversity of patterns we see in nature, yet helps us to see the unity in their origins, through detailed explanations of the simple, common rules that govern the development and structure of all living organisms. Written in 1917, "On Growth and Form" was ahead of its time, and was surely a seminal piece in the development of complexity theory an [...]

    4. Elliott Bignell says:

      This is one of the most beautifully written works of science that I have had the luxury of reading, the prose style comparable to Gould at his best but with some of the clarity of Dawkins. It is also lavishly illustrated. Unfortunately, the author seems to have been a bit of an evolution-sceptic, and while he does not come out and say so, it is indicated in the introduction that he intended his principles to stand as an alternative explanation for structures in nature.Thompson's drive, however, [...]

    5. Fred says:

      I read the modern reprint by Dover. I highly recommend this classic book, but I also recommend anyone avoid the Canto abridged edition pictured here.

    6. Peter says:

      A science classic. The meaning of form. Invention of chaos: A science masterpiece. Written during WWI, revised during WW2. An amazing amount of knowledge, viewed through the eyes of an incredibly perceptive scholar and scientist. Early 20th century writing style. Greek, Latin, French and German citations. From the prefatory note: "an easy introduction to the study of organic Form, by methods which are the common places of physical science, which are by no means novel in their application to natu [...]

    7. Nigel_s says:

      A beautiful and bountiful book, I have spent many hours since reading it the first time just looking at the pictures.

    8. Barry Behrstock says:

      This is the classic on the subject

    9. Carol Collins says:

      1961 version, abridged

    10. Kaustubh says:

      Highly recommended for anyone interested in explaining natural phenomena. The author takes us on a journey at the interface between biology and physics, and also of his mind! Of course, the entire book is speculative. However, I think that the book is a perfect example of how to generate curiosity about a particular topic. It has greatly impacted my thinking.

    11. John says:

      A classic. Ties to natural history In fact I was turned onto this by Stephen Jay Gould who penned monthly essays in Natural History (the Journal)for most of his adult life. The test goes back a ways and is not accessible to the average modern reader. Its scope is broad, but it can get rather dry for the uninitiated.

    12. Miko Shepherd says:

      Notesa surface such that 1/r+1/r'=C, in other words a surface which has the same mean curvature at all points, is equivalent to a surface of minimal area for the volume enclosedthe sphere is also, of all posssible figures, that which encloses teh greatest volume with the least area of surface; it is strictly and absolutely the surface of minimal area, and it is

    13. Nick Black says:

      Still haven't found a bad book from the Canto line of Cambridge Publishing, and this one looks to continue the strong trend. I saw this at Borders the other day, and DJ's addition reminded me I ought pick this up and take a look

    14. Bill Daniels says:

      One of my double armful of totally mind blowing books on my shelves!

    15. Stefan says:

      this was a great read. insightful. poetic. timeless.

    16. M Han says:

      Great book. I get the overall idea. But really hard to read. Need patience.

    17. Thalia says:

      Read years ago in grad school. I love this one.

    18. Gabriel says:

      Pretty book. Pretty pretty book. Sometimes the math lost me, but his descriptions of bees building their hives, and the like are astounding portraits of nature.

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