by Karl J. Niklas and Hanns-Christof Spatz
University of Chicago Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-226-15081-9 | Cloth: 978-0-226-58632-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-58634-2
Library of Congress Classification QK711.2.N54 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 571.2
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From Galileo, who used the hollow stalks of grass to demonstrate the idea that peripherally located construction materials provide most of the resistance to bending forces, to Leonardo da Vinci, whose illustrations of the parachute are alleged to be based on his study of the dandelion’s pappus and the maple tree’s samara, many of our greatest physicists, mathematicians, and engineers have learned much from studying plants.