Mathematics in Nature by John A. Adam
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Mathematics in Nature
By John A. Adam

Mathematics in Nature

Modeling Patterns in the Natural World

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Mathematics in Nature by John A. Adam

Book Awards

  • Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Mathematics and Statistics 2003.
  • Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2004.

Book Description

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 mathematics can be used to formulate and solve puzzles observed in nature and to interpret the solutions. In the process, it teaches such topics as the art of estimation and the effects of scale, particularly what happens as things get bigger. Readers will develop an understanding of the symbiosis that exists between basic scientific principles and their mathematical expressions as well as a deeper appreciation for such natural phenomena as cloud formations, halos and glories, tree heights and leaf patterns, butterfly and moth wings, and even puddles and mud cracks. Developed out of a university course, this book makes an ideal supplemental text for courses in applied mathematics and mathematical modeling. It will also appeal to mathematics educators and enthusiasts at all levels, and is designed so that it can be dipped into at leisure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691127965
ISBN-10: 0691127964
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John A. Adam

John A. Adam is Professor of Mathematics at Old Dominion University, coeditor of "A Survey of Models for Tumor-Immune System Dynamics", and a regular contributor to leading journals in applied mathematics.

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