Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells

Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells

by H. Meinhardt
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540578420

ISBN-13: 9783540578420

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

The patterns on the shells of tropical sea snails are not only compellingly beautiful but also tell a tale of biological development. The decorative patterns are records of their own genesis, which follows laws like those of dune formation or the spread of a flu epidemic. Hans Meinhardt has analyzed the dynamical processes that form these patterns and retraced them

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The patterns on the shells of tropical sea snails are not only compellingly beautiful but also tell a tale of biological development. The decorative patterns are records of their own genesis, which follows laws like those of dune formation or the spread of a flu epidemic. Hans Meinhardt has analyzed the dynamical processes that form these patterns and retraced them faithfully in computer simulations. His book is exciting not only for the astonishing scientific knowledge it reveals but also for its fascinating pictures. An accompanying diskette with the corresponding algorithms offers wide scopes to those with a PC who whish to try their hand at simulating and varying the patterns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540578420
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Pages:
204

Table of Contents

1Shell patterns as dynamic systems1
2Pattern formation19
3Oscillations and travelling waves41
4Superposition of stable and periodic patterns53
5Meshwork of oblique lines and staggered dots71
6Branch initiation by global control91
7The big problem: two or more time-dependent patterns103
8Triangles127
9Parallel lines with tongues143
10Shell models in three dimensions163
11The computer program183
12Pattern formation in the development of higher organisms197
References227
Index233

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