Cel­e­bra­tion for book’s cen­te­nary

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A con­fer­ence cel­e­brat­ing a world-ac­claimed Dundee and St An­drews aca­demic who in­spired the likes of Alan Tur­ing and Richard Dawkins will open to­day.

D’Arcy Thomp­son was the au­thor of On Growth And Form – re­garded as one of the most in­flu­en­tial sci­ence books of the 20th cen­tury – and an es­teemed pro­fes­sor at both in­sti­tu­tions.

The work was pub­lished 100 years ago this year and Dundee Univer­sity has or­gan­ised a se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions, talks and other events to cel­e­brate its cen­te­nary.

The three-day in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence will be held at Dundee to­day and Sun­day, and at St An­drews to­mor­row.

It will also in­clude vis­its to the D’Arcy Thomp­son Zool­ogy Mu­seum in Dundee and the Bell Pet­ti­grew Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory in St An­drews.

Lead or­gan­iser Matthew Jar­ron, Dundee’s cu­ra­tor of mu­seum ser­vices, said the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions were a way of show­cas­ing the huge in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance of a man re­garded as “the most learned poly­math of all time”.

“We have an in­cred­i­bly pres­ti­gious line up of speak­ers for the con­fer­ence, which brings to­gether D’Arcy en­thu­si­asts from around the globe, and rep­re­sent­ing the many fields he in­flu­enced,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions, visit on­growthand­form.org.

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