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A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: by Michael S. Schneider

By Michael S. Schneider

The Universe could be a Mystery,
But It's No Secret

Michael Schneider leads us on a mind-blowing, lavishly illustrated trip alongside the numbers one via ten to discover the mathematical rules made seen in flora, shells, crystals, vegetation, and the human physique, expressed within the symbolic language of people sayings and fairy stories, delusion and faith, paintings and structure. this can be a new view of arithmetic, no longer the single we realized in class yet a complete consultant to the styles that recur throughout the universe and underlie human affairs. A Beginner's advisor to developing, the Universe exhibits you:

• Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round.
• Why one and weren't thought of numbers by means of the traditional Greeks.
• Why squares appear so frequently in goddess paintings and board games.
• What estate makes the spiral the main common form in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies.
• How the human physique stocks the layout of a bean plant and the sun system.
• How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar.
• How our ten palms carry the secrets and techniques of either a lobster and a cathedral.
• and lots more and plenty extra.

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Richardson et al. (1979a) suggest that if the ring translation is subtracted from some current profiles, the cyclonic circulation of a ring then extended to the sea floor. L. Richardson and concluded that the cyclonic velocity only extended to about 2000 m; below this depth was a weak counter-rotating eddy. Deep velocity fluctuations in the western boundary undercurrent large enough to occasionally reverse the deep southwestward flow can be visually correlated with the passage overhead of older rings (Mills and Rhines 1979), although the current fluctuations due to the rings do not seem to be a simple downward extension of the ring's surface velocity field.

2). 4 Movement Rings usually move westward when they are not touching the Gulf Stream and eastward when they are attached to it (Fig. 7, Richardson 1980, Fuglister 1972, 1977). The westward movement, sometimes northwest, sometimes southwest, is characterized by a mean speed of 5 em s -1, although there are large variations about this, including periods when rings remain nearly stationary. Two hundred miles offshore of the Gulf Stream axis, between 28 °-36 oN, a ring corridor is located in which rings drift southwestward (Parker 1971; Richardson, Strong and Knauss 1973, Lai and Richardson 1977).

Rings that appeared to have separated from the Stream and that were tracked with buoys did not last long before they coalesced with the Stream. The movement of rings is apparently controlled by a combination of advection by the large scale flows and the tendency for propagation to the west as a packet of Rossby modes. The overall translation of rings is in the same direction as the mean flow which is to the west on either side of the Gulf Stream and which has a mean speed of - 5 cm s -1 (Worthington 1976a, Luyten 1977, Schmitz 1980).

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