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

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

By: Philip Ball

272 pages, 20 b/w illus, col plates

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 2011 | #188783 | ISBN-13: 9780199604869
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Hardback | Mar 2009 | #170830 | ISBN-13: 9780199237968
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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, even the developing body parts of a complex animal like ourselves 'Shapes' explains why similar shapes and structures may be found in very different settings, orchestrated by nothing more than simple physical forces.


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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