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Li: Dynamic Form in Nature

(Wooden Books)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Welsh Border architect David Wade has spent a lifetime gathering and organising the extraordinary families of surface patterns that nature throws up at every scale. In this book, illustrated by the author, we see branching patterns, animal spots, crack patterns and much, much more.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Wooden (first published April 1st 2003)
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Jill Carroll
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely drawings, irritating text.
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Patterns in nature often repeat...this book looks at the 'simply' complex way this happens.
ElvenRaven
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
The images are quite nice and it's an interesting concept but the text feels kind of grandiose and self important while not actually giving much information. There are lots of titles in Latin and somewhat occult sounding allusions at the li patterns' significance.
The patterns themselves are loosely separated in groups which are ordered alphabetically. However, there is no further attempt at classification, and there are similar patterns in different groups. Animal patterns are not given much th
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Wade D (2003) Li - Dynamic Form in Nature

Introduction

01. Aggregation: the collocation of elements
02. Anfractuous: winding and turning forms
03. Angulated: formed with angles
04. Brancha: branching patterns
05. Brechia: breaking and separating
06. Cellular: basic organic arrangements
07. Concentra: propagation around centres
08. Contornare: physiographical configurations
09. Crackle: shrinkage patterns & crazing networks
10. Filices: fern-like formations
11. Fracture: cracks i
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Linda
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Fascinating ideas on the basic make-up of everything in the universe recognised in patterns. Pity the subject matter isn't reflected in the style of writing - I would have like to have seeen a ore flowing and engaging form.
Scott
Feb 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, design
Not the best of the Wooden books that I've read, but different strokes for different folks. Easily readable in one sitting. It looks at some of the kinds of patterns found in natural processes, and adds some thoughtful commentary.
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David Wade is an artist and architect, as well as the author of Pattern in Islamic Art (Overlook Press and Studio Vista, 1976); Geometric Patterns and Borders (Wildwood House and Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982); Crystal and Dragon: The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry and Chaos in Nature, Art and Consciousness (Destiny Books, 1993); Li: Dynamic Form in Nature (Walker & Company, 2003); and Symmetry: The Order ...more

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