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Flow: 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 | #188784 | ISBN-13: 9780199604876
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Hardback | Jun 2009 | #170832 | ISBN-13: 9780199237975
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Philip Ball explores the elusive rules that govern flow in nature - from the swirl of a wisp of smoke and eddies in rivers, to the huge persistant storm that is the Great Spot on Jupiter. Whether the movement of wind, water, sand, or flocks of birds, he explains the science of the extraordinary forms and patterns that emerge.

there is enough here to make one marvel The Guardian


1. The Man Who Loved Fluids: Leonardo's Legacy; 2. Patterns Downstream: Ordered Flows; 3. On a Roll: How Convection Shapes the World; 4. Riddle of the Dunes: When Grains Get Together; 5. Follow Your Neighbour: Flocks, Swarms and Crowds; 6. Into the Maelstrom: The Trouble With Turbulence; Bibliography

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