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Portmann, Adolf 1897-1982

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Works: 719 works in 1,974 publications in 9 languages and 12,978 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Essays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Author of introduction, Honoree, Contributor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Dedicator, Composer, Compiler, Opponent, win, Correspondent, Recipient
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Most widely held works by Adolf Portmann
Animal camouflage by Adolf Portmann( Book )

21 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: The rugged outline of a mountain peak looks like a human face; the markings on a moth show a skull and crossbones. Mere coincidences we say, and dismiss the matter as another freak of nature. But when we come across an animal that looks like a leaf or a twig, we begin to wonder. This likeness must be more than chance--it must play an important part in the animal's survival. This brings us straight to the crux of our problem: the function of outward appearances. We have all seen insects that are the color of bark and brooding pheasant hens whose feathers seem like the fleeting shadows of their nesting ground. We may have chanced upon a moth whose only protection is the coloring that makes it resemble a wasp. Each of these animals pretends to be something it is not, and it does this in order to survive. Modern armies use camouflage to protect their soldiers, guns, ships, and military installations; the result is proof positive of the defensive value of such techniques. The reader will not be surprised then, if we tell him that our subject has played a prominent part in all discussions about the origin and the evolution of living organisms. Charles Darwin was one of the first to stress the importance of camouflage, and since his day the subject has formed one of the strands of biological theory. This is not to say that the authorities all agree. What some choose to explain as camouflage, others describe in altogether different terms. A host of experimenters has set out to prove the various theories, but always with perfect scientific detachment. The problem of mimicry, in particular, has become a veritable no man's land of biological battle. These are things our book will explore. Casting our glance over a vast canvas, we shall try to trace the meaning of some of the colorful brush strokes that went into its painting
Animals as social beings by Adolf Portmann( Book )

50 editions published between 1953 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animal forms and patterns; a study of the appearance of animals by Adolf Portmann( Book )

18 editions published between 1948 and 1967 in English and German and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New paths in biology by Adolf Portmann( Book )

26 editions published between 1960 and 1965 in German and English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author discusses the cell and cellular formation and development; stimulus and perception and how these relate to the particular biological entity and its environment; the problems of biological ranking; and the mechanistic theory of evolution, which he considers an oversimplification of the evolutionary process. He closes with a discussion of two tendencies in modern biology: the attempt to formulate universal laws at a time when there are too many unanswered questions within the field; and the attempt to relate biological discoveries to a framework of ethics and behavior problems.--
Einführung in die vergleichende Morphologie der Wirbeltiere by Adolf Portmann( Book )

46 editions published between 1948 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die wachsende Bedeutung der experimentellen Biologie in ihren genetischen und entwicklungsphysiologischen Richtungen hat eine Weile manche morphologische Forschungen aus der allgemeinen Beachtung verdrängt. Dass man daraus den Schluss zog, Gestaltungsforschung müsste heute im Unterricht zu- guns ten anderer, wesentlicherer Gebiete zurücktreten, war unter solchen Umständen nicht verwunderlich. Die experimentelle Arbeit selber hat diese Auffassungen widerlegt. Genetiker und Entwicklungsphysiologen haben gemeinsam zur Vertiefung morphologischer Arbeit wertvolle Beiträge geleistet. Insbesondere hat die jüngste genetische Forschung intensiven Kontakt mit der systematischen Formenlehre gewonnen und dabei deren Wert auf unerwartete Weise bestätigt. Der Mangel an einer handlichen Darstellung der Wirbeltier-Morphologie ist in der jüngsten Zeit vielerorts empfunden worden. In dieser "Einführung in die vergleichende Morphologie der Wirbeltiere" wird der Versuch unternommen, die wichtigsten Ergebnisse wie auch die besonderen Fragestellungen dieses Arbeitsgebietes darzustellen und dabei die Auswahl so zu beschränken, dass das Buch wirklich zu einer ersten Einführung dienen kann. Diese Zielsetzung nötigt zu starker Beschränkung des Stoffes
A zoologist looks at humankind by Adolf Portmann( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologische Fragmente zu einer Lehre vom Menschen by Adolf Portmann( Book )

34 editions published between 1944 and 1969 in German and Japanese and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mensch
Entlässt die Natur den Menschen? Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Biologie und Anthropologie by Adolf Portmann( Book )

23 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in German and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologie / Aufsätze
Color symbolism : six excerpts from the Eranos yearbook, 1972 by Eranos Conference( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1995 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vom Ursprung des Menschen : ein Querschnitt durch die Forschungsergebnisse by Adolf Portmann( Book )

23 editions published between 1944 and 1965 in German and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Tiergestalt; Studien über die Bedeutung der tierischen Erscheinung by Adolf Portmann( Book )

18 editions published between 1948 and 1965 in German and Undetermined and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologie und Geist by Adolf Portmann( Book )

14 editions published between 1956 and 1985 in German and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Pfeil des Humanen : über P. Teilhard de Chardin by Adolf Portmann( Book )

25 editions published between 1960 and 1965 in German and Spanish and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An den Grenzen des Wissens : vom Beitrag der Biologie zu einem neuen Weltbild by Adolf Portmann( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in German and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologie und Geist by Adolf Portmann( Book )

32 editions published between 1868 and 2000 in German and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologie / Geist / Philosophie
Norms in a changing world = Normen im Wandel der Zeit = Avenir et devenir des normes by Adolf Portmann( Book )

19 editions published in 1977 in 4 languages and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Probleme des Lebens : eine Einführung in die Biologie by Adolf Portmann( Book )

11 editions published between 1949 and 1967 in German and Undetermined and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologie
Correspondences in man and world = Die Welt der Entsprechungen = Le monde des correspondances by Eranos-Tagung. 1973. Ascona( Book )

12 editions published in 1975 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The realms of colour = Die Welt der Farben = Le monde des couleurs by Suisse) Session d'Eranos$ (1972 : Ascona( Book )

16 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in 4 languages and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man and speech = Mensch und Wort = L'homme et le verbe by Eranos Conference( Book )

10 editions published in 1973 in 5 languages and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Einführung in die vergleichende Morphologie der Wirbeltiere
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Alternative Names
Adolf Portmann ahli biologi asal Swiss

Adolf Portmann bioloog uit Zwitserland (1897-1982)

Adolf Portmann Schweizer Zoologe und Naturphilosoph

Adolf Portmann švýcarský biolog a filosof

Adolf Portmann Swiss zoologist

Adolf Portmann zoologo svizzero

Devillers, Charles Adolphe Portmann-

Devillers Charles Adolphe Portmann- 1897-1982

Portmann, A.

Portmann, A. 1897-1982

Portmann, A. (Adolf)

Portmann, A. (Adolf), 1897-1982

Portmann, Adolf, 1897-

Portmann, Adolf J. 1897-1982

Portmann, Adolphe.

Portmann, Adolphe 1897-1982

Portmann-Devillers, Charles Adolphe

Portmann-Devillers Charles Adolphe 1897-1982

アドルフ・ポルトマン

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ポルトマン, アードルフ

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