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D’Arcy Thompson

Tuesday 21 November 2006

D’Arcy Thompson was a biologist, a mathematician and a classicist.

He is primarily known for a single book—On Growth and Form—and indeed for a single chapter within it, on his ’theory of transformations’, which shows how the differences between the forms of related species can be represented geometrically.


- Arthur W. D’Arcy Thompson and the theory of transformations. Nat Rev Genet. 2006 May;7(5):401-6. PMID: 16607399