The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells

Author: Hans Meinhardt, D. R. Fowler, P. Prusinkiewicz
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ISBN: 3540440100
Publisher: Springer Verlag (12 February, 2003)
Edition: Hardcover
Sales Rank: 493,848
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
Sea Shell Math
This book describes, using a computer, The geometry involved in the building of seashells and in particular the surface features. It shows the how and why of surface decorations found on several species of Mollusks. This is probably the only book to treat this subject and do so extensively expertly and comprahensively.


Rating: 5 out of 5
very thought provoking and visually stimulating
I came across this book at the Rhode Island School of Design library. As an artist I found it surprising that what I had considered to be just a beautiful pattern was actually an imprint of the pressure and movement of the waves upon the seashell. This insight was very thought provoking for me. Perhaps to biologists this is a normal and natural thing - but for an artist this kind of scientific approach with beautifully illustrated pages is a deeply moving experience. This book will definitely make you think twice about the objects that you take for granted - whether it's visually or scientifically. I strongly recommend this book for those who like intellectual challenges and who like to look at the world with fresh new eyes.

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