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Published: 26 May 2011

232 Pages | 140 black and white illustrations, 4pp colour plate section


ISBN: 9780199604883

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Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts

Philip Ball

  • Branches is part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of how patterns arise in nature, written by award-winning science writer Philip Ball
  • Branching patterns, networks, and fractals form some of the most exquisite patterns in the natural world - from minute and delicate branching crystals and plants, to the giant structure of the Devil's Causeway, and the overall shape of animal communities
  • Explains how simple mathematical and physical rules can spontaneously give rise to large-scale and complex branching structures, and how this understanding has given us a new insights
  • Learn what we may be able to know from the formation of networks in the animal world