On Growth and Form: The Complete Revised Edition (Dover Books on Biology) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1992/6/23
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In this classic of biology and modern science, Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860–1948), one of the most distinguished scientists of the modern era, sets forth his seminal "theory of transformation" - that one species evolves into another not by successive minor changes in individual body parts but by large-scale transformations involving the body as a whole.
First written in 1917, the book was revised by Thompson in 1942 — the revision reprinted here. The esteem in which this monumental, lavishly illustrated work is universally held derives not only from its scholarship and creativity, but also from the rich literary style that exemplifies Thompson's great erudition in the physical and natural sciences, ancient and modern languages and the humanities.
The book begins with studies of organic magnitude, the rate of growth, cellular form and structure, adsorption, and the forms of tissues, then examines a vast spectrum of life forms, and concludes with a comparison of related forms that leads to the theory of transformations.
On the last page is an imprint that indicates that this "book" was manufactured after I ordered it. Clearly this is a reconstruction from stored photographic or digital images. I am not against new technology per se, but it should produce a result at least as good as the technology it replaces. This does not.
Another person to offer comments as far back as July, 2011, (Sarah) pointed out this defective presentation of grey on grey, and yet you have been incapable or unwilling to respond to her critique in the two years since it was posted. Do you even read these comments? I ordered a book; instead you sent me an experience of frustration and dismay. I ordered a book; you sent me an optical illusion of a book.
Amazon should do a better job at separating this inadequate version from the original.
Having paid only <12$, it would be more expensive to return the book than keep it, so I just ordered a different version. I hope this time it would be the appropriate one.