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    The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells (Virtual Laboratory) (Hardback) By (author) Hans Meinhardt, Illustrated by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Illustrated by D.R. Fowler

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    DescriptionThe patterns on the shells of tropical sea snails are not only compellingly beautiful but also tell a tale of biological development. The decorative patterns are records of their own genesis, which follows laws like those of dune formation or the spread of a flu epidemic. Hans Meinhardt has analyzed the dynamical processes that form these patterns and retraced them faithfully in computer simulations. His book is exciting not only for the astonishing scientific knowledge it reveals but also for its fascinating pictures. An accompanying CD-ROM with the corresponding algorithms offers wide scope to those who wish to try their hand at simulating and varying the patterns.

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    The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hans Meinhardt, Illustrated by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Illustrated by D.R. Fowler
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 247
    Width: 214 mm
    Height: 280 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 1,080 g
    ISBN 13: 9783540440109
    ISBN 10: 3540440100

    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.2
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: PBW
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BIC subject category V2: UMB
    B&T General Subject: 229
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    B&T Merchandise Category: COM
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000, COM014000, COM012000
    Ingram Subject Code: XX
    BISAC V2.8: COM072000, COM034000
    B&T Approval Code: A93540000, A63652500
    BISAC V2.8: COM082000
    BIC subject category V2: PSVT3
    DC22: 591.4770113
    DC21: 594.3214770113
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 591.47/7/0113
    LC classification: QL403 .M49 2003
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: PBW, PSVA, UMB
    3, Revised
    Edition statement
    3rd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    120 illus., 107 in color.
    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
    Imprint name
    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
    Publication date
    12 February 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    From the reviews of the third edition: "This is a serious volume on the mathematical modeling of sea shell patterns. a ] This volume takes a rigorous approach, progressing systematically a ] . It would make a great text for either a course at the upper undergraduate or graduate level in mathematics or biology designed around it. It would also be a good supplemental text for a course in dynamical systems, differential equations a ] . It has left me with a new appreciation, wonder and curiosity about the myriad patterns on shells a ] ." (Amy Shell-Gellasch, MAA online, January, 2005)
    Table of contents
    Shell patterns as dynamic systems.- Pattern formation.- Oscillation and travelling waves.- Superposition of stable and periodic patterns.- Meshwork of oblique lines and staggered dots.- Branch initiation by global control.- The big problem: two or more time-dependent patterns.- Triangles.- Parallel lines with tongues.- Shell models in three dimensions.- The computer program.- Appendix: Pattern formation in the development of higher-level organisms.