Botanica Mathematica

a textile taxonomy of mathematical plant forms

On Growth and Form in Nature

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That’s the journal called Nature, actually.  There’s a nice piece on D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s great work on mathematical biology On Growth and Form in the current issue.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v494/n7435/pdf/494032a.pdf

On Growth and Form was one of the texts I referred to when this project was taking shape.  There’s very little botany in the shorter, popular edition I have – mostly zoological examples – but it inspired me to look at the modern developments (of which I’ll say more in a later post).  Botanica Mathematica is the result of my thinking and making with this in mind.  If you want to know more about this maverick zoologist/classicist/mathematician here’ a good biography and a lovely picture of Thompson and his parrot at an ice cream shop in St Andrews!  you might also want to check out the art exhibitions in the University of Dundee .

 

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Author: Madeleine

Artist/maker/scientist/mathematician/communicator/administrator/etc - suffers from many ailments including "popcorn kittens"! see http://kriswrites.com/2011/07/13/the-business-rusch-popcorn-kittens/

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