The beauty of numbers in nature : mathematical patterns and principles from the natural world / Ian Stewart.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Brighton : Ivy Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781782404712 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2001.
Think of a zebra's stripes, the complexities of a spider's web, the uniformity of desert dunes, or the spirals in a sunflower head - think of a snowflake. 'The Beauty of Numbers in Nature' shows how life on Earth forms the principles of mathematics. Starting with the simplest patterns, each chapter looks at a different kind of patterning system and the mathematics that underlies it. In doing so the book also uncovers some universal patterns, both in nature and man-made, from the basic geometry of ancient Greece to the visually startling fractals that we are familiar with today.
224 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 23 cm
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