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Nature's patterns : a tapestry in three parts. Branches

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2009.
Series: Nature's Patterns trilogy, pt. 3
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball here looks at the form and growth of branching networks in the natural world, and what we can learn from them. Many patterns in nature show a branching form - trees, river deltas, blood vessels, lightning, the cracks that form in the glazing of pots. These networks share a peculiar geometry, finding a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ball, Philip, 1962-
Nature's patterns.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)434841870
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 9780191528750 0191528757 9780199237982 0199237980
OCLC Number: 489212632
Notes: "Nature's Patterns is a trilogy composed of Shapes, Flow, Branches."
Description: 1 online resource (221 pages, [4] pages of plates) : illustrations.
Contents: Preface and acknowledgements; 1: A Winter's Tale: The Six-Pointed Snowflake; 2: Tenuous Monsters: Shapes between Dimensions; 3: Just For the Crack: Clean Breaks and Ragged Ruptures; 4: Water Ways: Labyrinths in the Landscape; 5: Tree and Leaf: Branches in Biology; 6: Web Worlds: Why We're All in This Together; Epilogue: The Threads of the Tapestry: Principles of Pattern; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Nature's Patterns trilogy, pt. 3
Other Titles: Branches
Branching
Responsibility: Philip Ball.

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Philip Ball explores the science of the branching patterns we see in nature, revealing that there is much more to these networks than meets the eye. Whether trees, snowflakes, forked lightning, or  Read more...

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