Flow: Natures patterns: a tapestry in three parts

Paperback | June 26, 2011

byPhilip Ball

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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 thatstructures 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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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 thatstructures our atmosphere, land, and oceans.Part ...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:June 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199604878

ISBN - 13:9780199604876

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Table of Contents

1. The Man Who Loved Fluids: Leonardo's Legacy2. Patterns Downstream: Ordered Flows3. On a Roll: How Convection Shapes the World4. Riddle of the Dunes: When Grains Get Together5. Follow Your Neighbour: Flocks, Swarms and Crowds6. Into the Maelstrom: The Trouble With TurbulenceBibliography

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Review from previous edition: "Wideranging, intelligent and non-dogmatic trilogy of books." --Martin Kemp, TLS 19/03/2010