Flow: Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts

Flow: Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts

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by Philip Ball
     
 

From the swirl of a wisp of smoke to eddies in rivers, and the huge persistent storm system that is the Great Spot on Jupiter, we see similar forms and patterns wherever there is flow - whether the movement of wind, water, sand, or flocks of birds. It is the complex dynamics of flow that structures our atmosphere, land, and oceans.

Part of a trilogy of books

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Overview

From the swirl of a wisp of smoke to eddies in rivers, and the huge persistent storm system that is the Great Spot on Jupiter, we see similar forms and patterns wherever there is flow - whether the movement of wind, water, sand, or flocks of birds. It is the complex dynamics of flow that structures our atmosphere, land, and oceans.

Part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature by acclaimed science writer Philip Ball, this volume explores the elusive rules that govern flow - the science of chaotic behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199237975
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Man Who Loved Fluids: Leonardo's Legacy
2. Patterns Downstream: Ordered Flows
3. On a Roll: How Convection Shapes the World
4. Riddle of the Dunes: When Grains Get Together
5. Follow Your Neighbour: Flocks, Swarms and Crowds
6. Into the Maelstrom: The Trouble With Turbulence
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