While reading up on biomineralisation, the book “On Growth and From” from 1917 came up as a reference. It features some “out-there”, but skillful, illustrations, topped up with a bunch of formulae and graphs. I am most curious to read this at some point to see which hypotheses from back then still hold and what was simply hokum (with the best intentions, of course). Based on the half-life of facts we can assume that maybe around 20 % of knowledge from back then is still considered true.
It also makes me think it must have been fantastic to be a serious scientist back then, to have such vast and vague playgrounds as growth and form. Compare that with the titles of some current scientific publications!