Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 May 2011

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


ISBN: 9780199604876

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Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts

Philip Ball

  • Flow is part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of how patterns arise in nature, written by award-winning science writer Philip Ball
  • Explains the mechanisms at play whenever things flow, and how these give rise to many of the patterns we recognise in nature - from ripples on a beach to swirling galaxies
  • Describes fascinating phenomena such as turbulence, which still defies complete scientific understanding; the principles of symmetry-breaking; and how chaotic behaviour emerges in systems
  • Looks at how patterns of flow have captivated philosophers and artists for centuries, from Leonardo da Vinci to the movement of Art Nouveau