- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316813311
- ISBN-13: 978-0316813310
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patterns in Nature Paperback – 1974
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In this book I see something broader and more universal that has application across many disciplines.
The book was recommended to me by the retired IBM scientist Dr. Jean-Claude Perez who is well known for his research into fibonacci patterns in the human genome. He cited Patterns in Nature as a major source of inspiration. I love this book!
Why does the fracture pattern where your windshield was struck by a pebble have the same basic structure as a tree? Stevens' answer is that there are a small number of ways that energy can propogate through space given the nature of our universe. With this principle he explores the similarity in structure between a vast array of natural phenomena.
Written clearly and illustrated beautifully, this book has something tremendous to say and it is destined to be rediscovered as interest in systems theory continues to grow.