The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells

  • Hans Meinhardt

Part of the The Virtual Laboratory book series (VIRTUAL LAB.)

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About this book


The patterns on the shells of tropical sea snails are not only compellingly beautiful but also tell a tale of biological development. The decorative patterns are records of their own genesis, which follows laws like those of dune formation or the spread of a flu epidemic. Hans Meinhardt has analyzed the dynamical processes that form these patterns and retraced them faithfully in computer simulations. His book is exciting not only for the astonishing scientific knowledge it reveals but also for its fascinating pictures.


algorithms artificial life computer graphics computer simulation dynamic processes growth processes natural phenomena simulation visualization

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Meinhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.MPI für EntwicklungsbiologieTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-92141-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-92142-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-939X
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