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

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

by Philip Ball


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ISBN-13: 9780199604869
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 739,341
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1. The Shapes of Things: Pattern and Form
2. Lessons of the Beehive: Building with Bubbles
3. Making Waves: Stripes in a Test Tube
4. Written on the Body: Hiding, Warning and Mimicking
5. Rhythms of the Wild: Crystal Communities
6. How Does Your Garden Grow?: The Mathematics of a Daisy
7. Unfolding the Embryo: The Formation of Body Plans

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