The Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) - J.W. von Goethe

The Metamorphosis of Plants

Researchers have been generally aware for some time that there is a hidden relationship among various external parts of the plant that develop one after the other and, as it were, one out of the other (for example leaves, calyx, corolla and stamens); they have even investigated the details. The process by which one and the same organ appears in a variety of forms has been called the metamorphosis of plants.

– J.W. von Goethe

The Power of Movement in Plants (1881) - C. Darwin

The Power of Movement in Plants

It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the tip of the radicle thus endowed, and having the power of directing the movements of the adjoining parts, acts like the brain of one of the lower animals; the brain being seated within the anterior end of the body, receiving impressions from the sense-organs, and directing the several movements.

– C. Darwin

Advice for a Young Investigator (1897) - S. Ramón y Cajal

Advice for a young investigator

I believe that all outstanding work, in art as well as in science, results from immense zeal applied to a great idea

– S. Ramón y Cajal

Regeneration (1901) - T.H. Morgan


The action of the organism is sometimes compared to that of a machine, but we do not know of any machine that has the property of reproducing itself by means of parts thrown off from itself.

– T.H. Morgan

Response in the Living and Non-Living (1902) - J.C. Bose

Response in the Living and non-living

Physiologists have taught us to read in the response curves a history of the influence of various external agencies and conditions on the phenomenon of life. [...] These curves are are determined mont by the play of an unknowable vital force, but by the working of laws acting equally and uniformly throughout both the organic and the inorganic worlds

– - J.C.Bose

On Growth and Form (1917) - D.W. Thompson

On Growth and Form

My sole purpose is to correlate with mathematical statement and physical law certain of the simpler outward phenomena of organic growth and structure of form, while all the while regarding the fabric of the organism, ex hypothesi, as a material and mechanical configuration.

– D.W. Thompson

Hydra and the Birth of Experimental Biology, 1744 : AbrahamTrembley's Mémoires Concerning the Polyps (1986) - S.G. Lenhoff and H.M. Lenhoff

Hydra and the Birth of Experimental Biology

I conjectured that if a polyp were cut in two and if each of the severed parts lived and became a complete polyp, it would be clear that these organisms were plants. Since I was much more inclined to think of them as animals, however, [...] I expected to see these cleaved polyps die.

– A. Trembley


Biology ~ 10th ed. (2014) - N.A.Campbell et al.


The Tenth Edition of this best-selling text helps launch students to success in biology through its clear and engaging narrative, superior pedagogy, and innovative use of art and photos to promote student learning

– N.A. Campbell

Developmental Biology ~ 9th ed. (2013) - S.F.Gilbert


Developmental biology is a great field for scientists who want to integrate different levels of biology. […] The study of development has become essential for understanding all other areas of biology

– S.F.Gilbert

Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes ~ 8th ed (2011) - D.L. Hartl & M. Ruvolo


The time is ripe to teach transmission genetics, the molecular biology of gene expression and regulation, and evolutionary genetics as integrated subjects

– D. Hartl

Epigenetics ~ 2nd ed (2014) - C.D. Allis  


I define an epigenetic phenomenon as a change in phenotype that is heritable but does not involve DNA mutation

– C.D. Allis

Molecular Biology of the Cell ~ 5th ed (2008) - B. Alberts et al.


In surveying cell biology, one does not whether to marvel more at the endless variety of living systems or at the fundamental similarities in the mechanisms by which all cells operate

– B. Alberts

Mathematics for Biological Scientists (2010) - M. Aitken et al.


Some students come into biology with a good deal of mathematical knowledge, whereas others have very little. This textbook attempts to describe the mathematics that most students will need to know to study biology

– M. Aitken

Primer of Biostatistics ~ 7th ed (2011) - S.A. Glantz


This book differs from other introductury in biostatistics in several ways, and it is these differences which seem to account for the book's popularity

– S.A. Glantz

Essentials of MATLAB programming ~2nd ed (2006) - S.J.Chapman


This book teaches the programmer how to use MATLAB's own tools to locate the right function for a specific purpose from the enormous choice available

– S.J. Chapman

Lectures on Physics (1965) - R.P.Feynman


These are the lectures in physics that I gave […] to the freshman and sophomore classes at Caltech.

– R. P. Feynman

Visualize This (2011) - N. Yau


One of the best way to understand and try to understand a large dataset is with visualisation

– N. Yau

Writing to Learn Science (1997) - R. Moore


Writing is a powerful way of thinking that can help you understand a subject, define a research problem, and hone an experiment.

– R. Morre


A History of Regeneration Research (1991) - C.E. Dinsmore

A History of Regeneration Research

The life of a scientist is an odyssey that may begin with an individual's exposure to historically scientific discoveries. These, in turn, may stimulate an eager imagination, challenge the creative genius of the child within."

C.E. Dinsmore

How Nature Works (1996) - P. Bak

How nature works

We do not live in a simple, boring world composed only of planet orbiting other planets, regular infinite crystals, and simple gases or liquids. [...] The world we actual observe is full of all kinds of structure and surprises. How does variability emerge out of simple invariable laws?"

P. Bak

Self-Organization in Biological Systems (2001) - vv.aa.

Self-Organization in Biological Systems

Self-organization is a process in which pattern at the global level of a system emerges solely from numerous interactions among the lower-level components of the system. Moreover, the rules specifying interactions among the system's components are executed using only local information, without reference to the global pattern."

S. Camazine

Morphogenesis (2006) - vv.aa.


Understanding a shape, more precisely its morphology, almost always requires us to understan d the process of its formation, namely its morphogenesis."

A. Lesne

Morphogenetic Engineering (2012) - R. Doursat et al

Morphogenetic Engineering

This book establishes a new field of research that explores the artificial design and implementation of autonomous systems capable of developing complex, heterogenous morphologies and functions without central planning or external drive."

R. Doursat

Plant Physics (2012) - K.J. Niklas & H.C. Spatz

Plant physics

Plants cannot be fully understood without examining how physical forces and processes influence their growth, development, reproduction, and evolution"

K.J. Niklas

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