On Growth And Form

deDArcy Wentworth ThompsonÉditeurJohn Tyler BonnerPréface deStephen J. Gould

31 juillet 1992|
On Growth And Form de DArcy Wentworth 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.
Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963. He received a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967 and has been a professor at Harvard University since then. He is also curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. His rese...
Titre :On Growth And Form
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :368 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 1.1 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :368 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 1.1 po
Publié le :31 juillet 1992
Publié par :Cambridge University Press
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780521437769

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