Design and Nature Series
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Our modern world is largely based on a still growing revolution of scientific knowledge. The engineering designers of spacecraft and bridges, for example, have at their disposal a vast array of relationships or laws for materials, mechanisms and control, which have been assembled quite independently of the biological world. However, as space exploration accustoms us to cosmic scales, and medical and surgical developments to the molecular scale of genetics, we are increasingly being brought back to the world of nature. The rationale for the Series is straightforward. It rests upon the universality of scientific laws in both nature and human construction, and on the common chemical foundation of their materials. Our organic and inorganic worlds have common energy requirements, while there is an identity, still under debate, between the 'entropy' of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and 'information content', which is of great theoretical significance in interpreting evolution. Individual books within the Series will provide in depth coverage of such topics as mathematics in nature, evolution, natural selection, vision and acoustic systems, robotics, shape in nature, biomimetics, and creativity. The material will be presented in a way which, while rigorous in approach, will be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike.
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