The Vortex of Life

Nature's Patterns in Space and Time

By Lawrence Edwards

Edited by Graham Calderwood

Format: Paperback

Pioneering work on bud and plant shapes, indicating there are universal laws which guide an organism's growth into predetermined patterns.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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When The Vortex of Life was first published in 1993, Lawrence Edwards's pioneering work on bud shapes had already attracted the attention of many scientists around the world. In the book, Edwards gave a fuller account of his research, widening it to include the forms of plants, embryos and organs such as the heart.His work suggests that there are universal laws, not yet fully understood, which guide an organism's growth into predetermined patterns. His work has profound implications for those working in genetics and stem-cell research.Edwards died in 2004 at the age of 91 and Graham Calderwood has edited and revised this classic work.

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Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 4 May 2006
ISBN 9780863155512
Number of Pages 384

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'An extraordinary book. His work will form one of the bases of our new holistic science.'-- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2006

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