John A. AdamOctober 2, 2011

Princeton University Press 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.

Publisher

Princeton University Press

Published on

Oct 2, 2011

Pages

392

ISBN

9781400841011

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Best For

Language

English

Genres

Mathematics / Applied

Mathematics / General

Mathematics / Recreations & Games

Nature / General

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