What Shape is a Snowflake? Magical Numbers in Nature

Author: Ian Stewart (2001), Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, Lewes, UK

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A look at the table of contents and you'll quickly think of ways this book can be useful as a resource for understanding patterns in nature.  The book has three main sections, Principles & Patterns, the Mathematical World, Simplicity & Complexity.  The examples within each section are well illustrated to show the mathematics of patterns.  The book has very little on the actual math but explains the concepts by showing how they are applied in nature and why. 

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