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File titled 'Computer Graphics', relating to Waddington and Russell Cowe's work on computer simulation of snail shell patterns, 1968-1969

Identifier: Coll-41/10/12

Scope and Contents

Contains draft typescripts titled 'Computer Simulation of a Not Too Obviously Simple Biological Pattern' [also called 'Computer Simulation of a Molluscan Pigmentation Pattern'] by Waddington and Cowe and a typescript entitled 'Simulation of the Growth of Shell Pigment' by Cowe. The material also contains various prints of the computerised patterns.


  • Creation: 1968-1969

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Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the researcher completing a Data Protection undertaking form where noted.

Biographical / Historical

Russell Cowe, of the Department of Computer Sciences, University of Edinburgh, was appointed a temporary assistant at the Institute of Animal Genetics between June and August 1968 to collaborate with Waddington on snail shell patterns. The findings of the project were published under the title 'Computer simulation of a mulluscan pigmentation pattern' in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. 25, 2, pp 219-25 (November 1969).


1 folder

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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