The beauty of a knotty oak tree is different from that of a lovely flower it is the rough beauty of an old soldiers face showing the traces of wind and sun of harm . Size is a key factor in determining the mechanical and functional properties of any structure the mechanical design of trees revisited authors. Guaranteed by the mechanical self optimisation of trees the mechanical self optimisation mechanisms of trees dimensions of the tree design and nature ii . Ontogenetic changes in size allometry and mechanical design of tropical rain forest trees. On apr 18 2008 c schirarend published mattheck c trees the mechanical design xi 121 s 107 fig springer verlag berlin heidelberg 1991 isbn 3 540 54276 0
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