On Growth and FormBook - 1992
In this classic of biology and modern science, Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860&;1948), 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.
A reprint of Thompson's classic work on animal morphology, first published by Cambridge U. Press in 1942 and endorsed by BCL3 (and every other competent bibliography on biology). Now printed on acid-free paper, but bound using the sewn-look fraud we characterize as notch glued. (This lapse is a shock Dover has led the pack in producing well-constructed and very inexpensive books.) Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.