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Author Adam, John A.
Title Mathematics in Nature [electronic resource] : Modeling Patterns in the Natural World.
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2003.
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 Electronic Book  QA401 .A27 2003eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (xxii, 360 p.) : ill.
Contents Cover; Contents; Preface; Prologue: Why I Might Never Have Written This Book; CHAPTER ONE: The Confluence of Nature and Mathematical Modeling; CHAPTER TWO: Estimation: The Power of Arithmetic in Solving Fermi Problems; CHAPTER THREE: Shape, Size, and Similarity: The Problem of Scale; CHAPTER FOUR: Meteorological Optics I: Shadows, Crepuscular Rays, and Related Optical Phenomena; CHAPTER FIVE: Meteorological Optics II: A "Calculus I" Approach to Rainbows, Halos, and Glories; CHAPTER SIX: Clouds, Sand Dunes, and Hurricanes; CHAPTER SEVEN: (Linear) Waves of All Kinds; CHAPTER EIGHT: Stability
Summary From rainbows, river meanders, and shadows to spider webs, honeycombs, and the markings on animal coats, the visible world is full of patterns that can be described mathematically. Examining such readily observable phenomena, this book introduces readers to the beauty of nature as revealed by mathematics and the beauty of mathematics as revealed in nature. Generously illustrated, written in an informal style, and replete with examples from everyday life, Mathematics in Nature is an excellent and undaunting introduction to the ideas and methods of mathematical modeling. It illustrates how mathem.
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Subject Mathematical models.
Related To Print version: Adam, John A. Mathematics in Nature : Modeling Patterns in the Natural World Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2011 9780691127965
ISBN 9781400841011 (electronic bk.)
1400841011 (electronic bk.)
OCLC number 751963486