The Beauty of Numbers in Nature

Mathematical patterns and principles from the natural world

The Beauty of Numbers in Nature
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Format: Paperback / softback, 224 Pages
ISBN: 9781782404712
Publisher: Ivy Press
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"This is a marvellous book, not only because of its abundance of colour pictures, but also because of the knowledgeable text written in Stewart's pleasing style that is never pedantic, always informative and smooth." - European Mathematical Society

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. Elegantly illustrated, The Beauty of Numbers in Nature is an illuminating and engaging vision of how the apparently cold laws of mathematics find expression in the beauty of nature.

The author

Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and the author of many bestsellers, including Flatterland (2002) and Visions of Infinity (2013).

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Format: Paperback / softback, 224 Pages
ISBN: 9781782404712
Size: 6.614 in x 9.449 in / 168 mm x 240 mm
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