Trees

The Mechanical Design

Authors: Mattheck, Gerhard C.

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The beauty of a knotty oak tree is different from that of a lovely flower. It is the rough beauty of an old soldier's face showing the traces of wind and sun, of harm and of victory, bearing the scars of bygone battles. It is different from the fragile, delicate beauty of a young girl which is evident to anyone at first sight. The beauty of an old and crippled tree is hidden unless perceived by the alert eye which is able to fancy or rather discern the hard trials of life the tree has ex­ perienced. Contemplating trees in this way is not much different from busying oneself with physiognomies, i.e. with the art of judging character from the features of the human face. Physiognomies is often considered a dubious science, but is prac­ ticed every day in human communication by everybody from early childhood to old age. Although we all are able to discern the angrily furrowed brow, the laughing crow's-feet below the eyes, the arrogant harsh lines around the nose, the hard narrow mouth, the gluttonous lip, and the secret eye of the silent ob­ server, we would never admit to rely on such seemingly doubtful methods.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-3

    Mattheck, Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gerhard Claus

  • The Absolute Minimum of Mechanical Knowledge

    Pages 3-8

    Mattheck, Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gerhard Claus

  • How the Tree Minimizes Its External Loading

    Pages 9-11

    Mattheck, Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gerhard Claus

  • Even Load Distribution: The Hypothesis of Constant Stress on the Surface

    Pages 12-16

    Mattheck, Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gerhard Claus

  • Mechanical Classification of Adaptive Growth

    Pages 16-20

    Mattheck, Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gerhard Claus

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trees
Book Subtitle
The Mechanical Design
Authors
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-58207-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-58207-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-54276-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 121
Number of Illustrations
118 b/w illustrations
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