D'Arcy Thompson's Legacy in Contemporary Studies of Patterns and Morphology

Stephen T Hyde
2013 Interdisciplinary Science Reviews  
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
more » ... pic forms. These reveal Thompson's clear-sighted view of the role of physical and mathematical sciences in biology, as well as his blind-spots.
doi:10.1179/0308018813z.00000000030 fatcat:w2ykyntfb5gczlhr2iijje6f4q