I bought this because I had seen it reviewed as being a classic of scientific writing, and the subject interests me. I confess that I only got through the first two chapters. After the introductory chapter, the second chapter (on physical constraints on growth), had many interesting things to say but said them in a laboured way and it was hard to see what relevance some of the illustrations had to the text - this could have been the result of the book being edited down from over 700 pages to only 360. I felt that the occasional equation was introduced more for effect than from necessity.
My appetite to finish the book disappeared, nor did I wish to read the full version to see if it flows better. However, it has stimulated me to look for a modern book on the same subject. Maybe it will do the same for you!
On Growth and Form (Canto) (英語) ペーパーバック – 要約, 1992/7/31
- 出版社 : Cambridge University Press; Reissue, Abridged版 (1992/7/31)
- 発売日 : 1992/7/31
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 368ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0521437768
- ISBN-13 : 978-0521437769
- 寸法 : 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 349,214位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
Like a good malt, better with age2017年4月27日に英国でレビュー済み
First read when a grad. student in the mid 60s but read gain with the benefit of the better part of a life time in academic research, this classic has aged like a good malt and in fact will resonate rather more with many of today's researchers than it did when first published a century ago.