The Vortex of Life

Nature's Patterns in Space and Time

Lawrence Edwards; Edited by Graham Calderwood

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Pioneering work on bud and plant shapes, indicating there are universal laws which guide an organism's growth into predetermined patterns.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of the Natural World
180 b/w illustrations
384 pages
Publication date:
04 May 2006
2nd edition


When The Vortex of Life was first published in 1993, Lawrence Edwards's pioneering work on bud shapes had already attracted the attention of many scientists around the world. In the book, Edwards gave a fuller account of his research, widening it to include the forms of plants, embryos and organs such as the heart.

His work suggests that there are universal laws, not yet fully understood, which guide an organism's growth into predetermined patterns. His work has profound implications for those working in genetics and stem-cell research.

Edwards died in 2004 at the age of 91 and Graham Calderwood has edited and revised this classic work.


'An extraordinary book. His work will form one of the bases of our new holistic science.'
-- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2006


Lawrence Edwards (1912-2004) was a teacher of mathematics. He had pursued his unique research for over thirty years, focusing on the forms of living nature in relation to geometric analysis. He lectured widely all over the world.

Graham Calderwood has continued Lawrence Edwards’ research for the past fifteen years.


Also by Lawrence Edwards:
Projective Geometry

Seven Supplements to The Vortex of Life are available to download for free from the Projective Geometry website.

Interested in the significance of organic life? You might also like:
The Hidden Geometry of Flowers: Living Rhythms, Form and Number by Keith Critchlow
Metamorphosis: Evolution in Action by Andreas Suchantke

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