OU Video: Patterns of Life – D’Arcy Thompson, Structuralism and the Shape of Life (#2/5)


Where ever you look in nature you will find patterns. From the seeds in the flower under your nose to the flow of the wind around you and the flock of swallows overhead, some patterns keep occurring again and again.

The essence of mathematics is a series of simple rules that produce complex consequences. And nowhere are these complex consequences more apparent than in the natural world.

If evolution is all about random mutations, why do the same patterns keep cropping up in the natural world? Coincidence? Not according to parrot-wielding eccentric, Sir D’Arcy Thompson. He realised that living things grow according to the laws of physics as well as genetics.
(Part 2 of 5)


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