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Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization

Adrian Bejan & J. Peder Zane.
Publisher Doubleday  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780385534611
Pages/Publication Date 296/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41975
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River basins, cardiovascular systems, bolts of lightning—everything is shaped by flow, argues engineering professor Adrian Bejan, whether the current is water, blood, or electricity. In this surprising and engaging study, with journalist Peder Zane, Bejan reveals how a single principle of physics, constructal law, is responsible for the forms of systems from the forking of lightning to the branching of tree roots. Likewise, the more complex structures of animals evolved to efficiently use energy or increase their flow across the land—a process mirrored in flowcharts in the office and file storage in computers. Understanding this, says Bejan, could have implications for every branch of science.

"Fascinating.... By reframing things as flow systems, [the authors] reveal how function determines form in everything from corporate hierarchies to Canada geese."—Nature

"Put simply, this law asserts that all things that live or move, from ants and animal herds to rivers and electric currents, persist and evolve according to their ability to facilitate flow. In this lucidly written overview of the constructal law, Bejan, with journalist Zane, describes all the circumstances and ways this law operates in the world, including blood vessels and man-made cooling systems. The authors' language is never too abstract for the lay reader to easily grasp, and the insights offered here present a revolutionary, unifying vision of nature that could impact all branches of science."—Booklist

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