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Title:
Mathematics in nature : modeling patterns in the natural world
Author:
Adam, John A.
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Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xxii, 360 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The confluence of nature and mathematical modeling -- Estimation : the power of arithmetic in solving Fermi problems -- Shape, size, and similarity : the problem of scale -- Meteorological optics I : shadows, crepuscular rays, and related optical phenomena -- Meteorological optics II : a "calculus I" approach to rainbows, halos, and glories -- Clouds, sand dunes, and hurricanes -- (Linear) waves of all kinds -- Stability -- Bores and nonlinear waves -- The Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio -- Bees, honeycombs, bubbles, and mud cracks -- River meanders, branching patterns, and trees -- Bird flight -- How did the leopard get its spots?
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ISBN:
9780691114293
Format :
Book