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    This is good stuff, but there’s so much more… One of my favorite books, The Self-Made Tapestry by Phillip Ball, surveys an impressive range of basic processes. Most of them can be modeled in software, at least crudely.

    Why are snowflakes so symmetrical? Sure, basic hexagonal symmetry is due to the shape of the water molecule. But how does information get distributed between branches during growth? Last I checked, there were models that almost but couldn’t quite definitively answer that. There’s so much we still don’t know… and that’s before we start considering even the simplest biological processes.

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      Wow, what a fantastic reference, thank you very much! It would fit very nicely on the shelf next to On Growth and Form by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, I should think :)