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

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"Stewart writes with such compelling clarity that general readerscan share in the intellectual daring of hisperspective."—Booklist An invitation to a hidden world InLife’s Other Secret, mathematician and award-winning sciencewriter Ian Stewart reveals the way mathematics describes theorigin, structure, and evolution of life. Featuring a sumptuousgallery of color illustrations demonstrating nature’sintricate wonders, here is an intriguing invitation to enter aworld deeper than DNA, a world where number series bloom inspringtime and equations gallop across the plains. From the latesttheory of how life started to the rules governing the shapes intowhich animals grow to the ancient patterns of evolution, Stewartilluminates 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.

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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 "MathematicalRecreations" column in Scientific American, serves as mathematicsconsultant to New Scientist, and is a regular contributor toDiscover and The Sciences. In 1995 Dr. Stewart received the RoyalSociety of England’s Michael Faraday Medal for outstandingcontributions to the public understanding of science.

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