When speaking of the living world, Ball seeks to go beyond the theory of natural selection, which explains why we see certain characteristics (height, shape, camouflage), to find mechanisms that can explain how such characteristics come to be. Again, this is no easy task, but for those willing to follow his discussion, the elegance of nature is laid out in zebras' stripes, ivy leaves, and butterfly wings. Moving on to find the same patterns at work in the clouds of Jupiter and the cracks in the San Andreas fault give strength to the feeling that there are self-composing structures that guide everything in the universe toward a kind of order. The Self-Made Tapestry is a challenging look at the biggest issues in science, and well worth a thorough read. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is what all 'popular' science books should be: readable, interesting and not too dense, without sacrificing accuracy or or wandering of into unsubstantiated flights of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hunter Washburne
Extremely well-written, easy to understand to scientists overview of patternas in nature. An elegant and enjoyable approach to complexity in nature and how it arises.Published 21 months ago by Nicola Toto'
The Self-Made Tapestry is a wonderful read both for the expert and simply curious. Explains so much about the construction of our world it should be taught in high school!Published on December 5, 2010 by paula e. dasen
GREAT OVERVIEW OF PATTERN FORMATION.
FOR THE LAYMAN.
APPENDICES ARE NICE. PERHAPS MORE COULD HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT SYMMETRY BREAKING. Read more
This is one of the finest affirmations of Emanationism of the Neoplatonists, i.e. that complexity in nature doesnt require Supernatural causes as exposited by Creationists. Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by VeritasluxMea
This is a lyrical celebration of natural beauty and underlying complexity. Not only that, the book itself is beautifully typeset, composed and arranged. Read morePublished on November 19, 2006 by Book Nut
This is one of the best books i have read. Clear, in depth, and intelligent. Academic and also well written!
I highly recommend it.