Riddles of Form: D'Arcy Thompson in Word and Image

Matthew Jarron (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    D’Arcy Thompson’s ground-breaking book On Growth and Form (1917) is discussed as the starting point for the theme of the 2014 triennial IAWIS conference Riddles of Form. This essay describes the far-reaching influence that the book has had in fields such as biology, systems theory, geography, architecture and art. It discusses the origin of the book in the context of Thompson’s work at University College, Dundee and the development of his museum of zoology. The article concludes by describing the current version of the museum at the University of Dundee as a focal point for interdisciplinary interests in Thompson’s work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationArt and Science in Word and Image
    Subtitle of host publicationExploration and Discovery
    EditorsKeith Williams, Sophie Aymes, Jan Baetens, Chris Murray
    Place of PublicationLeiden
    PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9789004361119
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2019

    Publication series

    NameWord and Image Interactions
    ISSN (Electronic)1388-3569


    • D'Arcy Thompson
    • Word and image
    • Art and science

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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