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D'Arcy Thompson / Morphogenetics / Nonlinear Science
Sir Darcy Thompson lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland between 1860-1948. Was a biologist and mathematician, and in 1917 published his book "On Growth and Form" in which he founded the field of research of "Morphogenetics". Morphogenetics is a concept that describes the process in which patterns and physical structures are created in plants and animals
In his study, Thompson highlighted the mathematical beauty of nature, and mathematics as the basis for all forms of nature.
His research was in contrast to Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection. D'Arcy believed in structuralism and a morphological mechanism that determines the shape of species in nature. During his studies, he conducted hundreds of experiments and observations on terrestrial animals, marine animals, birds, shells, algae and more.
Thompson's work has influenced scientists, mathematicians and designers, with the understanding that biological formulations can reflect physical and mathematical principles. - - - - - - - - - - -
More about Thompson's work-
http://www.darcythompson.org. - - - - - - - - - - -
Thompson Zoological Museum, showing the remains of the original animals he researched
Ancestors of Parametric Design
Hans Jenny / Cymatics / Non-Linear Science
Hans Jenny (1904-1972) lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland. He was physicist and a scientist whose research was mainly about the waves and vibrations of sound. His experiments included working with sand, water, various metals etc.. Jannie was one of the first to talk about the physical transformation of an object from structure to field. His work is still highly relevance for us today, and an inspiration for anyone who deals with form and space- and the flexibility, non linear relation between them.
More about Hans Jennie's works in the next link - http://9waysmysteryschool.tripod.com/sacredsoundt.../id12.html
Other works are exploring Cymatics-