Author(s): Dee Pigneguy
"Nature displays an endless variety of eye-catching patterns in a variety of form, colour and texture. Patterns help us understand how energy flows through nature's network of complex systems. Patterns show us how nature's organisms survive, how they make things and how life is organized and connected on our planet - Earth Nature's patterns give us an introduction and understanding of mathematics. She packs efficiently, ties knots, builds columns, makes hexagons, uses spirals and nets and bubbles. But thinking about and seeing the mathematics of nature requires practice. So open your eyes and discover a new way of looking at the world around you"--Back cover.
Dee Pigneguy came to New Zealand from Canada in 1963 and trained as a primary school teacher. Her interest in nutrition, healthy food and nature developed as she grew up on a remote coastal property in British Columbia. Her mother, Joan Donley engaged all her children in their self-sufficient lifestyle, growing fruit and vegetables, raising pigs, chickens, duck and goats and gathering shellfish at low tide. Dee believes in localised food production, organic growing, practical hands on food growing and people empowerment and as an author her books--Grow Me Well: Nutritional Know How for Every Body; Nature's Techno Tricks: Biomimetics - Science mimicking nature; Gardening For Planet Earth; and Sonja's Kitchen: Sustainable Cuisine in the Cook Islands help people to take responsibility for themselves. Dee is passionate about Biomimetics - the science helping find sustainable ways to meet our needs by mimicking natural systems. Because we are living on a planet in crisis, saving the environment is no longer about future generations, it is about saving ourselves. I believe that biomimetics can teach us how nature creates conditions beneficial to life providing a road map to sustainability. Dee believes her new book Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic will help people engage with nature and realise just how important the natural environment is to sustaining our own life here on Planet Earth.
Patterns of Life 4; Packing 5; Spirals 6; Branching 8; Cracking 9; Buckling 10; Sunburst 11; Fractals 12; Light 13; Waves 14; Nets 15; Symmetry 16; Meandering 17; Spheres 18; Ovals 19; Coordinated Flocking 20; Tessellations 21; Crystals 22; Fibonacci 23; Polygons 24; Camouflage 26; How People Use Patterns 27; Pattern Activities 28; Index 32