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Ian Stewart - The Royal Society Michael Faraday Lecture

Riddles of Form: Discovering Order and pattern in the Universe

Hay Festival 1996 , 
The patterns that occur in the form and behaviour of living creatures are usuallu explained in terms of genes and DNA. However, mathematics also plays a role, as examples from the numerolgy of plants and the rhythms of animal movement demonstrate. (No specialist knowledge or mathematical ability required)