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On Growth and Form: The Complete Revised Edition (Dover Books on Biology) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Juni 1992

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First published in 1917, On Growth and Form was at once revolutionary and conservative. Scottish embryologist D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) grew up in the newly cast shadow of Darwinism, and he took issue with some of the orthodoxies of the day--not because they were necessarily wrong, he said, but because they violated the spirit of Occam's razor, in which simple explanations are preferable to complex ones. In the case of such subjects as the growth of eggs, skeletons, and crystals, Thompson cited mathematical authority: these were matters of "economy and transformation," and they could be explained by laws governing surface tension and the like. (He doubtless would have enjoyed the study of fractals, which came after his time.) In On Growth and Form, he examines such matters as the curve of frequency or bell curve (which explains variations in height among 10-year-old schoolboys, the florets of a daisy, the distribution of darts on a cork board, the thickness of stripes along a zebra's flanks, the shape of mountain ranges and sand dunes) and spirals (which turn up everywhere in nature you look: in the curve of a seashell, the swirl of water boiling in a saucepan, the sweep of faraway nebulae, the twist of a strand of DNA, the turns of the labyrinth in which the legendary Minotaur lived out its days). The result is an astonishingly varied book that repays skimming and close reading alike. English biologist Sir Peter Medawar called Thompson's tome "beyond comparison the finest work of literature in all the annals of science that have been recorded in the English tongue." --Gregory McNamee


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I heard about this marvellous book as I was reading in the typical popular science literature years ago now but its almost impossible to avoid contact with this tome of the archetypal polymath D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson. A remarkable man with a wonderful open view of science and the, what's now called, interdisciplinarian approach to the world. Refreshingly full of new ideas especially for his day and even now where conservatism as usual is the norm in scientific circles. I hope many scientists read this book and see not just a curiosity but a representation of a whole approach to the world of nature. I will never forget the first time I read the chapter on coordinate transformations in animal shapes, today's schools simply do not inspire in this way and its time this changed. The prescence of this book, well read, on any person's bookshelf is a must.
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It's about so much more than the limits our minds create from standard reviews & categorizations. Shows how to organize your thinking to tackle something new. On the surface, it's a turn of the century survey & application of physical scientific knowledge. On a higher level it communicates how to effectively organize knowledge as a tool & pathway to inner understanding as only the CLASSICS can do. I was required to read it for my Brandeis Ph.D. in Biophysics, but have recommended it to home schoolers as the best single book to inform a teenager about physics, chemistry, biology, & practical thinking. The Latin roots of the title words, Form & Function, are utilized, rather than specialized contemporary jargon.
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Von R am 16. Januar 2012
Format: Taschenbuch
I have no doubt about the quality of the content but the quality of the edition is not really satisfactory

the cover shows some fake image of bacterias which is awfully pixelated
the text is shown as images from badly scanned former edition which can sometime be difficult to read

it is not so important if you plan to read the book and trash it afterwards but I find this edition too pitiful to place on a shelf...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen An unfortunate presentation of a good book 21. Mai 2013
Von Dan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Medium grey print on a light grey background does not offer enough contrast to the human eye for ready recognition. The actual letters of the words appear to have uneven edges to them. Thus this does not qualify as a book, but only as a "book-like object". Alas, it is too small for a doorstep and too large to even up a wobbly set of table legs. Its only useful function in our house is as fireplace kindling...but very expensive kindling at that.

On the last page is an imprint that indicates that this "book" was manufactured after I ordered it. Clearly this is a reconstruction from stored photographic or digital images. I am not against new technology per se, but it should produce a result at least as good as the technology it replaces. This does not.

Another person to offer comments as far back as July, 2011, (Sarah) pointed out this defective presentation of grey on grey, and yet you have been incapable or unwilling to respond to her critique in the two years since it was posted. Do you even read these comments? I ordered a book; instead you sent me an experience of frustration and dismay. I ordered a book; you sent me an optical illusion of a book.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Too thick for readable paperback 30. Januar 2017
Von Xenia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Maybe a good book by itself, but this particular print is unreadable. The book should not be printed in paperback, since it is too thick. When ordering I did not think how big the book is, as I have seen the abridged edition (this is "complete"). This particular book is about 3.5 in thick, with the longest side 8.4 in! It would be ok for the hardcover, but paperback would fall apart immediately :(
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book but it is HEAVY 19. März 2016
Von Sam H - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Very interesting read. But be warned that the book is huge and as a result quite heavy (at least for a petite person like me). I would have loved to take it on my commute/travels with me but it would be a burden to carry. I often wish they had left out the footnotes (which sometimes occupy half a page) or made them smaller to reduce the number of pages.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Check the number of pages before you buy !!! 24. April 2012
Von E at C - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This wonderful book contains in its original form more than a thousand clearly written pages, and over five hundred illustrations. The poor excuse of a book, facsimile copy I got for ~12$ contains less than three hundred pages, and in its black and white printed form (opposed the full color online view) is barely readable. Check the number of pages in the book version offered before you buy !

Amazon should do a better job at separating this inadequate version from the original.

Having paid only <12$, it would be more expensive to return the book than keep it, so I just ordered a different version. I hope this time it would be the appropriate one.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A winner for creative types 14. Februar 2017
Von Ed cranepool - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is an essential book for designers. It has value and significance in relation to almost every aspect of creative evolution. This man was a great genius.
It inspired the field of morphology. Check that one out.
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