Nature's Numbers: Discovering Order and Pattern in the Universe


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Why do so many flowers have five or eight petals, but very few six or seven? Why do snowflakes have sixfold symmetry? Nature's Numbers reveals patterns at the frontiers of science, yet so simple that anybody can see them once they know where to look. Reading his own work, Stewart provides a comprehensive tour of the mathematical universe, and explains curiosities of the natural world vividly and playfully, without an equation in sight. It is 'first-rate popular mathematics' (Nature magazine).