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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.
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In this surprising and stimulating book, award-winning science writer Ian Stewart sounds the call that another, lesser-known revolution in the understanding of life has also occurred in the twentieth century. Life, scientists have discovered, is ruled not only by genetics, but also by hidden laws of mathematics, which may be even more fundamental than the codes written in our genes. By discovering these elegant laws, scientists may even be approaching a "final theory" of the origin and structure of life. Taking readers from the earliest speculations of biological heretic D'Arcy Thompson at the turn of the century to the cyberspace "virtual laboratories" of scientists at the cutting edge of research today, he offers delightful answers to many intriguing questions.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.
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Book Description John Wiley & Sons, 1999. Paperback. Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0001147628