Reflections on a Biometrics of Organismal Form

@article{Bookstein2019ReflectionsOA,
  title={Reflections on a Biometrics of Organismal Form},
  author={Fred L. Bookstein},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  year={2019},
  pages={1-35}
}
Back in 1987 the physicist/theoretical biologist Walter Elsasser reviewed a range of philosophical issues at the foundation of organismal biology above the molecular level. Two of these are particularly relevant to quantifications of form: the concept of ordered heterogeneity and the principle of nonstructural memory, the truism that typically the forms of organisms substantially resemble the forms of their ancestors. This essay attempts to weave Elsasser’s principles together with… 
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