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. 
Note 
Description based on print version record. 
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Title generously provided by Campus Quality Fee. 
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 
