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Shapes

Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts


Συγγραφέας: Ball Philip
Εκδότης: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199237968
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 320
Εξώφυλλο: Paperback
Διαστάσεις: 22x2x15
Γλώσσα Γραφής: english
Ημερομηνία 1ης Έκδοσης: 2009
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2009

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "Shapes"

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? It creates itself. The patterns we see come from self-organization. Whether living or non-living, scientists have found that there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent in the basic structure and processes of nature, so that from a few simple themes, and the repetition of simple rules, endless beautiful variations can arise. Part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball here looks at how shapes form. From soap bubbles to honeycombs, delicate shell patterns, and even the developing body parts of a complex animal like ourselves, he uncovers patterns in growth and form in all corners of the natural world, explains how these patterns are self-made, and why similar shapes and structures may be found in very different settings, orchestrated by nothing more than simple physical forces. This book will make you look at the world with fresh eyes, seeing order and form even in the places you'd least expect.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Ball Philip
ISBN: 9780199237968
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 12/03/2009
Εκδότης: Oxford University Press
Εξώφυλλο: Paperback
Σελίδες: 320
Γλώσσα βιβλίου: english
Τόπος έκδοσης: Oxford
Χώρα έκδοσης: United Kingdom
Βάρος βιβλίου: 518 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 22x2x15 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 220 black and white illustrations, 8pp colour plate section
Ημερομηνία πρώτης έκδοσης: 2009

Περιεχόμενα

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; Bibliography

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