Wood - The Internal Optimization of Trees

  • Claus Mattheck
  • Hans Kubler

Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 1-1
  3. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 2-20
  4. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 21-21
  5. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 22-26
  6. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 27-37
  7. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 38-59
  8. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 60-62
  9. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 63-89
  10. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 90-108
  11. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 109-121
  12. Claus Mattheck, Hans Kubler
    Pages 122-124
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 125-129

About this book


Here are two physicists looking over the fence of physics, getting thrilled by the life and growth of trees, taking an altogether different, exciting view of wood: trees produce wood for their own benefit. They do not live for the benefit of man who builds his world using wood as a raw material. Timber is revealed in a different light, and the reader is taught to stop thinking of it in terms of defective beams and boards. Wood only fails as a part of the living tree. To us, the tree and wood biologists, this new definition is a real, inspiring challenge, which is just what Kubler and Mattheck intended it to be. Their answers may seem too simple or little logical to some of us; but the authors are not at a loss for sound and solid arguments. Their field studies prove the incredible, their hypotheses makes us want to get to the bottom of the un­ proven unbelievable. The authors' answers and arguments are bold and cour­ ageous. They arouse our curiosity and force us to fathom the facts. It seems as if Kubler and Mattheck wanted to trick us into believing that trees only live and react following mechanical rules and strategies. To tell the truth, that was what I first suspected the authors of: but I was wrong.


Baum Biomechanik Fraktometer Gestaltoptimierung Holz biomechanics fractometer growth mechanics optimization of design tree wood

Authors and affiliations

  • Claus Mattheck
    • 1
  • Hans Kubler
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Center KarlsruheInstitute for Material Research IIKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.MadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-62019-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61219-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-8563
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