D'Arcy - Correspondence


During his lifetime, D'Arcy fomed a huge correspondence network. Gerhard Heilmann and Robert W. Shufeldt, like many others, were fortunate enough to be part of his squad.

Despite common misconceptions, this series of correspondence undoubtedly illustrates that D’Arcy was not working in seclusion from other scientists. He was in fact sharing ideas and pieces of work with very like-minded people.

In particular, it becomes clear the great respect that Gerhard Heilmann and D’Arcy held for one another. Unfortunately the two men received very different receptions. Heilmann struggled to gain both respect and funding from his peers in Denmark. He was forced to spend all his own money just to get his work printed. His work was deemed unoriginal and not of value, despite the importance D’Arcy and other British and American scientists had seen within it. This is in stark contrast to D’Arcy who was greatly admired within the scientific community of his country all the more because of his wide knowledge and expertise. Heilmann however appeared to be shunned by scientists in Denmark because of his career as an artist. It is unfortunate that these two men whose stories had been so intertwined and whose work had become somewhat of a collaboration received such different opinions from their peers.

Part I

   

Part II

   

Part III

   

Part IV

   

Part V

   

Part VI

   

Introduction

   

Overview & D'Arcy's Life

   

On Growth and Form

   

Heilmann & Shufeldt

   

Maths of Transformations

   

Correspondence

   

D'Arcy and Mathematics

   

Coordinate Transformations

   

Logarithmic Spirals

   

Forms of Cells

   

Forms and Mechanical Efficiency

   

Shrinkage

   

Wartime and D'Arcy

   

The Leg as a Pendulum

   

Recreational Maths

   

Fibonacci Sequence

   

Cell-Aggregates

   

All Correspondence Links

Claxton Fidler

   

Eric Harold Neville

   

John Marshall

   

Alfred North Whitehead

   

Charles Robert Darling

   

Peter Guthrie Tait

   

William Peddie

   

Geoffrey Thomas Bennett

   

Dorothy Wrinch

   


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