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    Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts

    Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press 2009

    Hardback 200pp Illustrated

    9780199237975   Product Code: 86661

    In the second of his trilogy of books exploring nature's patterns, Philip Ball looks at how regular forms and arrangements arise from flow and motion. Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci's investigations into the movement and flow of water, Ball describes efforts to understand these seemingly simple yet scientifically very challenging phenomena. Discussing topics such as vortices, convection, sand dunes, flocks and swarms, he shows how the same physical and mathematical principles underlie the patterns of flow.

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