Patterns in nature : why the natural world looks the way it does / Philip Ball
- Ball, Philip, 1962-
- Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
- Symmetry : why your left is like your right (and why it's different) -- Fractals : why mountains look like molehills -- Spirals : the math in snails and sunflowers -- Flow & chaos : finding the hidden order -- Waves & dunes : how to make a chemical clock -- Bubbles & foam: why bees know best and why froth inspires architects -- Arrays & tilings : why crystals aren't five-sided -- and how to make impossible ones that are -- Cracks : how things fall apart and how a giant made his staircase -- Spots & stripes : how the zebra paints its coat.
- "Though at first glance the natural world may appear overwhelming in its diversity and complexity, there are regularities running through it, from the hexagons of a honeycomb to the spirals of a seashell and the branching veins of a leaf. Revealing the order at the foundation of the seemingly chaotic natural world, Patterns in Nature explores not only the math and science but also the beauty and artistry behind nature's awe-inspiring designs, "--Amazon.com.
- 9780226332420 (cloth : alk. paper)
022633242X (cloth : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (page 283) and index.
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