Cloth | November 2003 | $39.50 / £26.95
| ISBN: 0-691-11429-3
448 pp. | 6 x 9 | 24 color illus. 84 line illus. 9 tables.
Publisher Site: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/7686.html
Winner of Association of American Publishers Mathematics and Statistics Professional/Scholarly Award
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2004
From rainbows, river meanders, and shadows to spider
webs, honeycombs, and the markings on animal coats, the visible
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, haloes 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
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.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Adam directly for a list of corrections.