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Prof. D'Arcy Thompson: Nature and her Limitations: II: The Limitations of Speed


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S.B. from Edinburgh.
Last week, in the first of the series of these talks in which he is discussing the absorbing subject of the limits that Nature has set to progress in size, speed and form, Professor D'Arcy Thompson dealt with the limits of variation in human size. Today he will explore the question of speed, jumping power, and powers of flight and swimming, and how far they are limited by the dimensions of the performer - and perhaps by other things as well.
Professor Thompson has been Professor of Natural History at St. Andrew's University since 1917.
In the early eighteenth century Pugnani was not only a noted Violinist ; lie wrote Operas among other things. But he was pre-eminent as a Violinist and as a writer for his own instrument, and he is best known today for this spirited piece, with its contrasted Prelude. In both sections a Violinist has excellent scope for exercising his powers.


Speaker: Professor D'Arcy Thompson

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