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    On Growth and Form (Canto) (Paperback) By (author) D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Edited by John Tyler Bonner, Foreword by Stephen J. Gould

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    DescriptionWhy 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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    Title
    On Growth and Form
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Edited by John Tyler Bonner, Foreword by Stephen J. Gould
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 442 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521437769
    ISBN 10: 0521437768
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16700
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    LC classification: Q
    BISAC V2.8: SCI049000, SCI060000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A60600000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000, SCI072000
    DC22: 571.81
    LC classification: QH351 1961
    DC20: 574.4
    Thema V1.0: PSF
    Edition
    Abridged
    Edition statement
    Reissue, Abridged
    Illustrations note
    183 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 September 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Table of contents
    Introduction John Tyler Bonner VII; 1. Introductory; 2. On magnitude; 3. The forms of cells; 4. The forms of tissues, of cell-aggregates; 5. On spicules and spicular skeletons; 6. The equiangular spiral; 7. The shapes of horns and of teeth or tusks; 8. On form and mechanical efficiency; 9. On the theory of transformations, or the comparison of related forms; 10. Epilogue; Index.