Nature's Patterns

Nature's Patterns

A Tapestry in Three Parts

Book - 2009
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Patterns are everywhere in nature--in the ranks of clouds in the sky, the stripes of an angelfish, the arrangement of petals in flowers. Where does this order and regularity come from? As Philip Ball reveals in Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts, this order creates itself. The patterns we see come from self-organization. Indeed, scientists have found that there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent in the basic structure and processes of nature, whether living or non-living, so that from a few simple themes, and the repetition of simple rules, endless beautiful variations can arise.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780199237968
0199237964
Branch Call Number: 500.2011 BALL
Characteristics: 308 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Shapes

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Jan 17, 2010

Beautiful book on the simple biochemistry and physics behind the gorgeous patterns of nature. Easy enough to understand for anyone with a high school student's knowledge of and enthusiasm for biological sciences.

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