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On growth and form: 100 years of an extraordinary book

The legacy of D'Arcy Thompson's hugely influential book, 'On growth and form' is discussed on its 100 year anniversary.

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2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s hugely influential book, 'On Growth and Form'. It has been widely admired by scientists, artists, architects and designers in the years since. Join an expert panel led by award-winning writer Philip Ball to discuss its legacy.

About the speakers

Philip Ball is a science writer and former editor of Nature. He has written many popular books on science, including works on the nature of water, pattern formation in the natural world, colour in art, the science of social and political philosophy, the cognition of music, and physics in Nazi Germany.

Anne Massey is Professor of Design and Culture at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Prof Massey studied the history of modern art and design at the University of Northumbria where she also completed her PhD on The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition in 1984. Her specialism is the interdisciplinary history and contemporary significance of the Independent Group. She has published extensively on the subject, including The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-59 (Manchester University Press, 1996) including the exhibition ‘Growth and Form’; Out of the Ivory Tower: The Independent Group and Popular Culture (Manchester University Press, 2013) and ICA 1946-68 (ICA, 2015). She has just finished co-editing, with Alex Seago, Pop Art and Design (Bloomsbury 2017) and is co-curating an exhibition on Pioneers of Pop at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle with Gill Hedley which opens in the autumn. Currently she is working on a biography of Dorothy Morland.

John Whitfield is a science journalist and author. He has a particular interest in evolution, ecology and whatever you call the place where the social and natural sciences meet. He is the comment editor for Research Fornight and Reserach Eurpoe. John has written several popular science books, including 'People Will Talk: The Surprising Science of Reputation'.

Matthew Jarron is curator of museum services at the Univerity of Dundee, where he runs the D'Arcy Thompson museum.. Matthew has a BA Hons in Archaeology from the University of York, a postgraduate diploma in Museum & Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews and is a member of the Museums Association. Prior to his post of Museum Curator, Matthew has filled various posts in the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, East Lothian Museums, National Museums of Scotland and the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum.