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The Self Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature

The Self Made Tapestry Pattern Formation in Nature For centuries scientists have struggled to understand the origins of the patterns and forms found in nature Now in this lucid and accessibly written book Philip Ball applies state of the art scient

  • Title: The Self Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature
  • Author: Philip Ball
  • ISBN: 9780198502432
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • For centuries, scientists have struggled to understand the origins of the patterns and forms found in nature Now, in this lucid and accessibly written book, Philip Ball applies state of the art scientific understanding from the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics to these ancient mysteries, revealing how nature s seemingly complex patterns origFor centuries, scientists have struggled to understand the origins of the patterns and forms found in nature Now, in this lucid and accessibly written book, Philip Ball applies state of the art scientific understanding from the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics to these ancient mysteries, revealing how nature s seemingly complex patterns originate in simple physical laws Tracing the history of scientific thought about natural patterns, Ball shows how common presumptions for example, that complex form must be guided by some intelligence or that form always follows function are erroneous and continue to mislead scientists today He investigates specific patterns in depth, revealing that these designs are self organized and that simple, local interactions between component parts produce motifs like spots, stripes, branches, and honeycombs In the process, he examines the mysterious phenomenon of symmetry and why it appears and breaks in similar ways in different systems Finally, he attempts to answer this profound question why are some patterns universal Illustrations throughout the text, many in full color, beautifully illuminate Ball s ideas.

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    1. Philip ball provides a comprehensive overview of the Emergent phenomenon of pattern formation in nature.His discussions range from the physical processes like the minimal surfaces in bubbles and foams, BZ reactions, convection cells, mineral dendrite formations, branching of rivers to the very similar patterns formed in the biological systems like the pattern formation on the hides of zebras and giraffes, branching patterns in trees, retinal nerves etc and the patterns in communities of animals [...]

    2. In short, one of those books that helps set fundamental frameworks of understanding for the universe. I come back to it again and again. A study of "Pattern Formation in Nature" - Philip Ball looks at many types of patterns, from bubbles to honeycombs to stripes in animals, to fractal shorelines, to name just a few, and digs down into the underlying forces that give rise these patterns, often again and again in diverse natural environments. A bit dense at times for those not given to poring over [...]

    3. amazing book- really good overview of how physics and chemistry interweave with evolution to create patterns

    4. solid foundation on complex systems, covers pattern formation in both biology, chemistry and physics

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