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Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way it Does Hardcover – 7 April 2017
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-- "Publishers Weekly"
"From tigers' stripes to the hexagons that make up honeycombs to the ripples in windblown sand, the natural world is full of order and regularity. Science writer Ball investigates the phenomenon in his new book, Patterns in Nature, with 250 photographs of snowflakes, shells, and more. Nature's patterns follow basic principles of mathematics and physics, leading to similarities in the stripes, spirals, branches and fractals around us. 'There's an abundance of detail in nature that we can't see," he says. "Even in what seems unstructured, there's pattern.'"
-- "Wall Street Journal"
"The most beautiful book of 2016."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"This captivating book is a collection of stunning photographs that capture frequently repeating mathematical patterns in nature. These images depict patterns in living things, from pollen to animals, and in non-living things, from lightning to landscapes. Images are accompanied by brief, but clear, explanations for how these patterns can be generated by Fibonacci ratios, suggesting they result from simple self-organization. Excellent coffee table companion to the author's earlier Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts series, which describe in detail how physics and chemistry influence and interweave with evolution (biology) to create patterns and symmetry in nature. This book is a visual feast that can serve as a source of wonder and inspiration for artists and naturalists as well as scientists."
"This cofee-table book showcases the spots, stripes, spirals, and fractals and other intricate patterns found in the natural world."-- "Live Science"
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Looking forward to more books like this !
A great buy
Same-ish discussion of D'Arcy Thompson, Bubbles, Fractals, Turing's brilliant paper on morphogenesis, Waves and Dunes etc. etc.
Sadly in the same way that the (usually reliable) Ian Stewart has rehashed his 2001 book "What Shape is a Snowflake" as "The Beauty of Numbers in Nature"...
CAVEAT EMPTOR with both these books (and I am slightly miffed that I have been "conned" into buying the same books twice) :-(
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The thick hardbound, photographic papers and the complete feel of the book is like a treasure in your hand.
M C Aggio