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Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics of the Living World

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"Stewart writes with such compelling clarity that general readers can share in the intellectual daring of his perspective."—Booklist An invitation to a hidden world In Life’s Other Secret, mathematician and award-winning science writer Ian Stewart reveals the way mathematics describes the origin, structure, and evolution of life. Featuring a sumptuous gallery of color illustrations demonstrating nature’s intricate wonders, here is an intriguing invitation to enter a world deeper than DNA, a world where number series bloom in springtime and equations gallop across the plains. From the latest theory of how life started to the rules governing the shapes into which animals grow to the ancient patterns of evolution, Stewart illuminates the fundamental forces that shape our world.

Synopsis:

In Life's Other Secret, Ian Stewart once again plies his trademark sense of humor and his gift for storytelling to introduce readers to the new math of the living world. From the latest theory of how life started, to the rules governing the shapes that animals grow into, from the forces that drive evolution, to the intricacies of animal behavior, Stewart reveals the paramount role mathematics plays in every aspect of life.

About the Author

IAN STEWART, Ph.D., has written or coauthored numerous books, including Does God Play Dice?, Fearful Symmetry, Collapse of Chaos, and Nature’s Numbers. In addition, he writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column in Scientific American, serves as mathematics consultant to New Scientist, and is a regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences. In 1995 Dr. Stewart received the Royal Society of England’s Michael Faraday Medal for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.

Table of Contents

What Is Life?

Before Life Began.

The Frozen Accident.

The Oxygen Menace.

Artificial Life.

Flowers for Fibonacci.

Morphogens and Mona Lisas.

The Peacock's Tale.

Walk on the Wild Side.

An Exaltation of Boids.

Reef Wars.

In Search of Secrets.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Credits.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471296515
Editor:
Stewart, Ian
Author:
Stewart, Aan
Editor:
Stewart, Ian
Author:
Stewart, Ian
Author:
Stewart, JR. Way
Author:
Stewart
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Applied
Subject:
Mathematical models
Subject:
Dna
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Mathematics-Applied
Subject:
Popular Interest Mathematics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
285
Dimensions:
8.90x5.74x.81 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In Life's Other Secret, Ian Stewart once again plies his trademark sense of humor and his gift for storytelling to introduce readers to the new math of the living world. From the latest theory of how life started, to the rules governing the shapes that animals grow into, from the forces that drive evolution, to the intricacies of animal behavior, Stewart reveals the paramount role mathematics plays in every aspect of life.
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