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D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson and his mathematical friendships

Following on from last year’s project with Alice and Indre, interns from the School of Mathematics, this year we had two more interns working with us, again under the supervision of Dr Isobel Falconer, Reader in the History of Mathematics. Edd Smith and Cammy Sriram spent 6 weeks of their summer working through voluminous correspondence…

5 December 2019Manuscript Collection Volunteers / Placements

“The Debt of Art to Nature”: A Travelling Exhibition Inspired by D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form

The next report from our 2018 Visiting Scholars is by Lee Chichester of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In this report Lee Chichester shares her research examining the effects of D’Arcy Thompson’s theories on an early exhibition of scientific images and objects which travelled through American art museums in the 1940s. A year ago in the Library’s Special…

30 November 2018Manuscript Collection Visiting Scholars

An Experimental Take on D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form

In the second of the reports from our 2018 Visiting Scholars, Matthew Holmes, then of the University of Leeds, now Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, shares with us his experience of working with the papers of  D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson back in July.  *** You chaffed me the other day in town about my…

13 November 2018Manuscript Collection Visiting Scholars

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson and Mathematics

Over the summer, two undergraduate students Alice Gowenlock and Indre Tuminauskaite, took part in a research internship funded by the Strathmartine Trust and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The internship focused on the mathematical knowledge of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson. In this blog Alice and Indre share what they found in the D’Arcy Thompson archive,…

25 September 2018Manuscript Collection Volunteers / Placements

University Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars Show and Tell Programme

Back in March, we announced the names of this year’s University Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars. We have enjoyed getting to know the first of them over the last few weeks. From this coming Monday, our Visiting Scholars will be presenting some of the highlights of their research in a series of show and tell…

18 July 2018Events Visiting Scholars

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson as teacher

There has been a lot of research interest in the work of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson in the last few years. 2017 marked the centenary of his seminal text, On Growth on Form which was celebrated with an international conference hosted jointly by the University of St Andrews and University of Dundee. The website D’Arcy 150…

29 June 2018Highlights Manuscript Collection

‘On Growth and Form’ and mathematical biology

Two students from the Mathematics Department, Heather Dickinson and Barbora Cernakova, recently undertook an internship, funded by the Strathmartine Trust, which involved consultation of the papers of Professor D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson. In this blog they highlight how Thompson’s ‘On Growth and Form’ led the way in the new area of study, mathematical biology.   This year we…

22 August 2017Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

TREASURES OF THE LIBRARY PODCAST: Dr Martin Milner on D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s personal copy of On Growth and Form

In the summer of 2013, the University Library set out to capture the reactions of academic and library staff when encountering their favourite items from the Special Collections Division. For this project, authors for articles for Treasures of St Andrews University Library (London, 2010) were asked to speak about the item or collection they highlighted in this publication.…

17 February 2014Highlights Manuscript Collection Treasures of the Library

Highlight from the stacks: Kircher’s Tower of Babel (1679)

I’ve been doing some work in the stacks lately with our interns and have been focusing some attention on our 17th century reserve collections (around 5,ooo volumes) which remain largely uncatalogued. This collection is one of our treasure troves and has recently received some cataloguing attention from the USTC interns who have been working with…

30 July 2013Highlights Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds

Not a bad way to end a day

This very pretty book was the last book off my shelf today for cataloguing. Not a bad way to end a day, eh? This is the Library’s copy of Paolo Veneto‘s Expositio librorum naturalium Aristotelis, printed in Venice by Johann von Köln and Johann Manthen in 1476. It is decorated throughout with blue and red initials…

17 January 2012Rare Book finds