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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199237975
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 437,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 The Shapes of Things: Pattern and Form 1

2 Lessons of the Beehive: Building with Bubbles 33

3 Making Waves: Stripes in a Test Tube 103

4 Written on the Body: Hiding, Warning, and Mimicking 151

5 Rhythms of the Wild: Crystal Communities 200

6 How Does Your Garden Grow?: The Mathematics of a Daisy 226

7 Unfolding the Embryo: The Formation of Body Plans 257

Appendices 287

Bibliography 295

Index 303

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