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Branches: Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts (Nature's Patterns : a Tapestry in Three Parts) by [Ball, Philip]
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Wideranging, intelligent and non-dogmatic triology of books. (Martin Kemp, Times Literary Supplement)

'Branches' is a slim tome, generously illustrated with photographs, charts and mathematical models. (Financial Times,)

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Philip Ball is a freelance writer and a consultant editor for Nature, where he previously worked as an editor for physical sciences. He is a regular commentator in the scientific and popular media on science and its interactions with art, history and culture. His ten books on scientific subjects include The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature, H2O: A Biography of Water, The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science, and Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another, which won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books. He was awarded the 2006 James T. Grady - James H. Stack award by the American Chemical Society for interpreting chemistry for the public. Philip studied chemistry at Oxford and holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Bristol. His latest book The Music Instinct published in February 2010.

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  • File Size: 3997 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199604886
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (10 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL7RU
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Too simple when the theory is not. Too much geography and biology, which I hate as subjects. Just give us physics and chemistry please.
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HASH(0x8d912ca8) out of 5 stars Great if you know what you're reading about 9 July 2016
By DG Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's not 5 stars because it's poorly formatted. It's dense little text lines that I had to get out a card and follow down the page a bit, and the way he doesn't split it into paragraphs doesn't help. The first chapter starts out slow and pointless.

Once I got past those problems: WOW. I've been studying fractal math for a long time and this book was exactly what I needed. He may not split things into decent paragraphs ever, but I took a lot of notes and the vocabulary I got from this book is going to be really, really helpful. I've been searching for the terminology of these shapes for a long time (to the point where some of my notes have "I need a word for this, therefore I'll just coin one of my own!") and this had it all and more. The difference between "self-avoiding" vs "vascular" vs "scale-less", and the already-developed math that people have already found so I don't have to!

It's -awesome- if you know what he's talking about to begin with. I almost shelved it after fighting with the slow start and the really crappy formatting, and I'm very very glad I didn't.
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HASH(0x8d91de70) out of 5 stars No!! For God's sake, no! 25 Dec. 2015
By Fredrick Upchurch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
No. Just no, don't read it. Pass it by without getting involved with it at all. Don't think about it or have any opinion about it. Spare yourself. The less said about this book, the better. End of story.
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