Design in Nature

Design in Nature

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In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in naturea€”trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning boltsa€”and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world. Everythinga€”from biological life to inanimate systemsa€”generates shape and structure and evolves in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow. River basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts of lightning are very efficient flow systems to move a currenta€”of water, blood, or electricity. Likewise, the more complex architecture of animals evolve to cover greater distance per unit of useful energy, or increase their flow across the land. Such designs also appear in human organizations, like the hierarchical qflowchartsq or reporting structures in corporations and political bodies. All are governed by the same principle, known as the Constructal Law, and configure and reconfigure themselves over time to flow more efficiently. Written in an easy style that achieves clarity without sacrificing complexity, Design in Nature is a paradigm-shifting book that will fundamentally transform our understanding of the world around us.The abscissa indicates the ranking in U.S. News. This figure provides a birda#39;s-eye view of where university rankings come from. The highly ranked engineering schools are homes to researchers who are highly visible. The lowly ranked schoolsanbsp;...

Title:Design in Nature
Author:Adrian Bejan, J. Peder Zane
Publisher:Anchor - 2012-01-24


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