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On Growth and Form Abridged Edition (original 1961; udgave 1961)

af D'Arcy W. Thompson

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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 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. D'Arcy Thompson's writing, hailed as 'good literature as well as good science; a discourse on science as though it were a humanity', is now made available for a wider readership, with a foreword by one of today's great populisers of science, explaining the importance of the work for a new generation of readers.… (mere)
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Titel:On Growth and Form Abridged Edition
Forfattere:D'Arcy W. Thompson
Info:Cambridge University Press (1961), Edition: Abridged Ed, Paperback
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On growth and form [abridged edition] af D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1961)

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According to the biographical information, D'Arcy Thompson was offered his professorship in either classics, biology or maths, being equally advanced in all three fields. This book reflects that breadth; it is superbly written, with points occasionally illustrated by reference to the stories of antiquity, and provides a sound mathematical basis for the comparisons of natural forms which form the body of the work. An absolute pleasure to read; the only criticism might be that the mathematics doesn't go far enough (though Thompson cannot be blamed for not anticipating those who came after him). Recommended if you've ever wondered about why things are the shapes they are. ( )
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This is a great classic and a masterpiece of out-of-the-box thinking. I like it because it puts mathematic and physics back into biology, which has been completely dominated by genetics for the last 50 years. The point of the book is that there are some mathematical/physical constraints on body forms in nature, that just have to be the way they are, without needing any input from genetic instructions. Since this book was published in 1917, it has lost nothing of its potency and beauty, but the message in it has been neglected for too long. As a result, the creationists have been able to exploit this and keep asking where is all the information to make a body? And how did it get into the genome? This book provides part of the answer, long before DNA was discovered: Some aspects of bodily form do not need to be encoded in DNA, they are already encoded in the laws of nature itself. DNA works in the context of an external physical world and mathematical constraints, which add additional information. Therefore the genome does not have to include all the information to make a living being. The same of course applies (not discussed in d'Arcy's book) to molecules themselves: How protein fold is not encoded in DNA. This is determined by physics. I think physicists and biologists need to work closer together. This book provides the clarion call, although it is almost 100 years old. ( )
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This is the abridged edition of On Growth and Form, edited by John Tyler Bonner. It was first published in 1961 and reprinted in the Canto series in 1992. Please do not combine it with the complete edition.
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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 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. D'Arcy Thompson's writing, hailed as 'good literature as well as good science; a discourse on science as though it were a humanity', is now made available for a wider readership, with a foreword by one of today's great populisers of science, explaining the importance of the work for a new generation of readers.

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