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The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature
From the Publisher: Why do similar patterns and forms appear in nature in settings that seem to bear no relation to one another? The Windblown ripples of desert sand follow a sinuous course thatExpand
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New model of expanding Universe
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Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another
Is there a "physics of society"? Ranging from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, and across economics, sociology and psychology, this study shows how much we canExpand
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Index aims for fair ranking of scientists
  • P. Ball
  • Medicine, Computer Science
  • Nature
  • 17 August 2005
‘H-index’ sums up publication record.
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Water as an active constituent in cell biology.
  • P. Ball
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Chemical reviews
  • 2008
When Szent-Gyorgyi called water the “matrix of life”,1 he was echoing an old sentiment. Paracelsus in the 16th century said that “water was the matrix of the world and of all its creatures.”2 ButExpand
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The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It
All human cultures seem to make music - today and through history. But why they do so, why music can excite deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all are questions that have, untilExpand
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Adapting to climate change
  • P. Ball
  • History
  • Nature
  • 2 December 1999
Legislating for the present on the basis of predictions for the future can never be other than a dicey business. The suggestion by a British member of parliament in the nineteenth century that LondonExpand
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Water as an Active Constituent in Cell Biology
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Achievement index climbs the ranks
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  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Nature
  • 15 August 2007
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Water is an active matrix of life for cell and molecular biology
  • P. Ball
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 7 June 2017
Szent-Győrgi called water the “matrix of life” and claimed that there was no life without it. This statement is true, as far as we know, on our planet, but it is not clear whether it must holdExpand
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