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John H. Challis - professor of kinesiology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: On Growth and Form

Author: D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson

Book Description:

My wife bought me this book and what a great gift it was. It represents the culmination of the life’s work of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, a biologist, mathematician, and classics scholar. It is an exquisite exposition on the mathematics of biological form, with most mathematical concepts represented graphically rather than in the form of an equation. Reading it is the scientific equivalent of reading Ulysses by James Joyce, challenging but rewarding on a number of levels. I hope future readers will find it the rewarding gift that I have.

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