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Li: Dynamic Form in Nature (Mathemagical Ancient Wizdom) [Paperback]

David Wade
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3 April 2007 Mathemagical Ancient Wizdom
Why does Nature use the same special patterns over and over again? What are the main families of natural design? How are they formed? Did the ancient Chinese really study this subtle and elegant subject?

In this beautiful book, illustrated by David Wade, a new perception of organic pattern, 'Li', is presented for the first time in the West. Essential reading for designers, artists, philosophers and natural scientists.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books (3 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904263542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904263548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little book 22 Nov 2009
I bought this book when it first came out a few years ago. There were a heap of five star reviews at that time - I don't know what Amazon has done with them all but they're not here any more. The book however, still is! This is one of those simple little books which gets under your skin and can change the way you look at almost everything. David Wade opens your eyes to the patterns nature makes at every scale. A more comprehensive book on the same subject is The Self-Made Tapestry by Philip Ball, but Li somehow manages to do something to the reader which Ball's book fails to do. A great book for designers, artists, philosophers and people with open eyes everywhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fascinatng 6 Mar 2011
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What I like abut these little booklets are that they try to make available some fascinating new aspects of science and art for people who would simply not look at anything which investigates these aspects in any depth.

This is a little book on Li, meaning a relation between pattern and principle so that Li means a "dynamic formation" or really something which has been captured as it is being created. It seems to be a kind of interaction between form and energy.

Each two page section briefly describes something of interest which demonstrates Li and the opposing page shows these aspects in photographs. Consider for example the following: nerve cell branching, bacterial growth patterns, surface patterns in convection cells, vascular cell structures in plants, stress cracks in drying mud.

A wonderful little book which may even lead to real advances in science or art. For that alone this set of booklets are gems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 4 Feb 2013
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This series of books is lovely, very informative and inspiring. If you love the patterns of nature, this is a great book to add to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book! 14 Jan 2014
By Susan
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I bought this book for myself as I am a creative and artistic person and I loved every page. I have not heard of the word LI before and wonder what the character in Chinese would be?
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