Flow: Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts

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OUP Oxford, Jun 11, 2009 - Science - 208 pages
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From the swirl of a wisp of smoke to eddies in rivers, and the huge persistent storm system that is the Great Spot on Jupiter, we see similar forms and patterns wherever there is flow - whether the movement of wind, water, sand, or flocks of birds. It is the complex dynamics of flow that structures our atmosphere, land, and oceans. Part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature by acclaimed science writer Philip Ball, this volume explores the elusive rules that govern flow - the science of chaotic behaviour.

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Flow, Shapes, and Branches are the three volumes of Philip Balls tour of mathematics in nature.
As a set, these books may be considered a new edition of his previous "The Self-Made Tapestry
". Together these books are - in my opinion - much clerarer and much more readable than the previous work.
The books contain very little mathematics but all have a comprehensive list of references allowing the reader to - at least theoretically - obtain the original references.
The language is clear and readable.
 

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Philip Ball is a freelance writer and a consultant editor for Nature, where he previously worked as an editor for physical sciences. He is a regular commentator in the scientific and popular media on science and its interactions with art, history and culture. His ten books on scientific subjects include The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature, H2O: A Biography of Water, The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science, and Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another, which won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books. He was awarded the 2006 James T. Grady - James H. Stack award by the American Chemical Society for interpreting chemistry for the public. Philip studied chemistry at Oxford and holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Bristol. His latest book The Music Instinct published in February 2010.