D'Arcy Thompson's legacy in contemporary studies of patterns and morphology

Stephen T. Hyde

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    D'Arcy Thompson's views on the forms of biomaterials are assessed in the light of current thinking on biomorphology in selected areas of biology. It is clear that his guiding concepts - that biological materials are structured in response to physical forces, and that the biological and abiotic realms share many common features - remain valid. Advances in the physical and biological sciences are discussed, from quantum mechanics and molecular biology to liquid crystalline materials and macroscopic forms. These reveal Thompson's clear-sighted view of the role of physical and mathematical sciences in biology, as well as his blind-spots.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-34
    Number of pages23
    JournalInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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