In retrospect: On Growth and Form

  title={In retrospect: On Growth and Form},
  author={Philip Ball},
  • P. Ball
  • Published 6 February 2013
  • Physics
  • Nature
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  • Physics
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  • R. Chevalier
  • Biology, Medicine
    Seminars in cell & developmental biology
  • 2019