Design in Nature

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

By Adrian Bejan; J. Peder Zane
(Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385534611, 304pp.)

Publication Date: January 24, 2012

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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 the Author
ADRIAN BEJAN is J. A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. He is author of Convection Heat Transfer, Second Edition; Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics; and Heat Transfer; all published by Wiley.

GEORGE TSATSARONIS is BEWAG Professor of Energy Conversion and Protection of the Environment at the Technical University of Berlin.

MICHAEL MORAN is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is coauthor (with Howard N. Shapiro) of Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, now in its third edition and published by Wiley. He is also the author of Availability Analysis: A Guide to Efficient Energy Use.

J. Peder Zane is the book-review editor of the Raleigh News & Observer and the editor of Norton s Remarkable Reads. His syndicated column received the ASNE Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary.
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