On Growth and Form, Volume 1

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Courier Dover Publications, 1942 - Science - 1116 pages
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In this classic of biology and modern science, Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (18601948), one of the most distinguished scientists of the modern era, sets forth his seminal "theory of transformation" - that one species evolves into another not by successive minor changes in individual body parts but by large-scale transformations involving the body as a whole.
First written in 1917, the book was revised by Thompson in 1942 the revision reprinted here. The esteem in which this monumental, lavishly illustrated work is universally held derives not only from its scholarship and creativity, but also from the rich literary style that exemplifies Thompson's great erudition in the physical and natural sciences, ancient and modern languages and the humanities.
The book begins with studies of organic magnitude, the rate of growth, cellular form and structure, adsorption, and the forms of tissues, then examines a vast spectrum of life forms, and concludes with a comparison of related forms that leads to the theory of transformations.

  

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fred - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Contents

CHAP PAGE I INTRODUCTORY
1
Ox MAGNITUDE
22
THE RATE OF GROWTH
78
ON THB INTERNAL FORM AND STRUCTURE OF THE CELL
286
THE FORKS OF CELLS
346
A NOTE ON ADSORPTION
444
THE FORMS OF TISSUES OR CELLAGGREGATES
465
THE SAME continued 566
466
THE SPIRAL SHELLS OF THE FORAMINIFERA
850
WITH A NOTE ON TORSION
874
ON LEAFARRANGEMENT OR PHYLLOTAXIS 012
912
ON THE SHAPES OF EGGS AND OF CERTAIN OTHER HOLLOW STRUCTURES
934
ON FORM AND MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY
968
ON THE THEORY OF TRANSFORMATIONS OR THE COMPARISON OF RELATED FORMS
1026
EPILOGUE
1093
INDBX
1095

ON CONCRETIONS SPICULES AND SFICULAR SKELETONS
645
A PARENTHETIC NOTE ON GEODETICS
741
THE EQUIANGULAR SPIRAL
748

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