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

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Read at home. First skills
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ball, Philip, 1962-
Nature's patterns.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)762383632
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 9780199237968 0199237964 9780198387435 0198387431
OCLC Number: 180470082
Notes: "Nature's patterns is a trilogy composed of Shapes, Flow, and Branches."
Description: 308 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: The shapes of things : pattern and form --
Lessons of the beehive : building with bubbles --
Making waves : stripes in a test tube --
Written on the body : hiding, warning, and mimicking --
Rhythms of the wild : crustal communities --
How does your garden grow? : the mathematics of a daisy --
Unfolding the embryo : the formation of body plans.
Series Title: Read at home. First skills
Other Titles: Shapes
Responsibility: Philip Ball.
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Philip Ball explores the science of the shapes we see in nature, revealing how, from the stripes of a zebra to the development of a snowflake or even a human embryo, there is a pattern-forming  Read more...

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Wideranging, intelligent and non-dogmatic trilogy of books. Martin Kemp, Times Literary Supplement Philip Ball gives us some very interesting food for thought. Mark Ronan, Standpoint Ball has Read more...

 
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