of books by Adrian Bejan
ADRIAN BEJAN (b. 1948) is J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. He has devised the constructal law of design and evolution in nature.
Design by Nature is about a first principle explanation of natural forms and the evolution of both living and non-living things that depend on movement. Bejan explicitly introduces the term 'design' as a feature of dynamic physical systems that depend on or show movement. The form of these objects evolves such that it finds the easiest path to move things (like heat out of a body, liquid through a distribution system, information through a population of organisms). The central idea to the constructal law is that natural patterns like branching, cracking and turbulence are the result of finding the most frictionless way of moving things through the structure. The constructal law explicitly explains why these natural forms evolve, and is not just another mathematical model of fractals, complexity or networks that describe their shape or function.
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