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

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In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world.
 
Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure and evolves in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow. River basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts of lightning are very efficient flow systems to move a current—of water, blood, or electricity. Likewise, the more complex architecture of animals evolve to cover greater distance per unit of useful energy, or increase their flow across the land. Such designs also appear in human organizations, like the hierarchical "flowcharts" or reporting structures in corporations and political bodies.

All are governed by the same principle, known as the Constructal Law, and configure and reconfigure themselves over time to flow more efficiently. Written in an easy style that achieves clarity without sacrificing complexity, Design in Nature is a paradigm-shifting book that will fundamentally transform our understanding of the world around us.
 

About Adrian Bejan

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ADRIAN BEJAN is Duke University's J. A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering. J. PEDER ZANE is an award-winning columnist who has worked for the New York Times and the Raleigh News.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Anchor. 304 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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With the assistance of columnist Zane, Bejan takes the evolution of “finite-size flow system[s]” as a model to exemplify his unifying principle that allegedly explains the design of all natural systems—both inanimate and animate, biological or social.

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The constructal law, as articulated by Duke engineering professor Bejan is relatively simple: systems change over time to maximize the rate of flow through the system.

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Open Letters Monthly

Life is flow, and everything that flows – from trees to lightning bolts to lava flows to, yes, Facebook feeds – is alive.

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“The engineered world we have built so that we can move more easily does not copy the natural design,” they write, “it is a manifestation of it.” Bejan and Zane use the constructal law to discuss all sorts of things, from ideal airport design to why athletes manage to keep breaking records year ...

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Publisher: Doubleday Product Description In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single p...

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Learn, with the help of mechanical engineer Bejan and journalist Zane, how

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