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The algorithmic beauty of sea shells

Author: Hans Meinhardt; Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz; Deborah R Fowler
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2009.
Series: Virtual laboratory.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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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. This book reveals the scientific knowledge.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Meinhardt, Hans.
Algorithmic beauty of sea shells.
Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2009
(OCoLC)390877627
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Meinhardt; Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz; Deborah R Fowler
ISBN: 9783540921424 3540921427
OCLC Number: 460678031
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 269 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Shell patterns as dynamic systems.- Pattern formation.- Oscillation and travelling waves.- Superposition of stable and periodic patterns.- Meshwork of oblique lines and staggered dots.- Branch initiation by global control.- The big problem: two or more time-dependent patterns.- Triangles.- Parallel lines with tongues.- Shell models in three dimensions.- The computer program.- Appendix: Pattern formation in the development of higher-level organisms.
Series Title: Virtual laboratory.
Responsibility: Hans Meinhardt ; with contributions and images by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz and Deborah R. Fowler.

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