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- ISBN: 0486671356
- Title: On Growth and Form
- Author: Thompson, D'Arcy Wentworth
- Publisher: Dover, New York
- Year: 1917
- Pages: 1116
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On Growth and Form is a formative work for anyone interested in studying the basic patterns repeated in nature. First published in 1917, this comprehensive work has become a timeless classic in morphology.
Scottish embryologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) introduces his observations of patterns in nature. He utilizes simple mathematical principles to explain diverse phenomena in nature. He reduces many natural systems to simple mathematical truths, such as the effect of mass on skeletal structure or the similarity in the forms of jellyfish and the forms of drops of liquid falling into viscous fluid.
The book introduces many concepts by example, including formulas and drawings of organisms. It is a thick book with many complex ideas, but with slow and careful dissection, D’Arcy’s work unravels the mystery of life, revealing the common bond between the mechanics of non-living systems, and the form and structure of organisms.