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Branches: Nature's Patterns: a Tapestry in Three Parts

Series: Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts

By: Philip Ball

176 pages, 20 b/w illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 2011 | #188785 | ISBN-13: 9780199604883
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Hardback | Sep 2009 | #170829 | ISBN-13: 9780199237982
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Branching patterns, networks, and fractals form some of the most exquisite patterns in the natural world - from minute and delicate branching crystals and plants, to trees, river deltas, blood vessels, lightning, the cracks that form in the glazing of pots, and the overall shape of animal communities, and human-made networks. Branches explains the hidden rules that give rise to these extraordinarily complex patterns.


Contents

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; 7. The Threads of the Tapestry: Principles of Pattern; Bibliography


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