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The self-made tapestry. Pattern formation in nature. (English) Zbl 0969.00010
Oxford: Oxford University Press. vi, 287 p. (1999).
The author explains, in non-mathematical language, how nature’s patterns are made. It is shown that nature makes its tapestry by self-organization, employing no master plan but instead simple, local interactions between its component parts – be they grains of sand, diffusing molecules or living cells. The products of self-organization are typically universal patterns: spirals, spots, stripes, branches, honeycombs, etc.

MSC:
00A69 General applied mathematics
92C15 Developmental biology, pattern formation
76Exx Hydrodynamic stability
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