David Haskell's The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature is a most beautiful book. Haskell teaches biology at the University of the South, in Sewannee, Tennessee. For the book he observes a single square meter of Tennessee forest for a year, his tools being a magnifying glass, binoculars and a breadth of knowledge and powers of observation that let him see much more in that square meter, which he calls a mandala, than most of us ever could. Fortunately for us, he's also an […]
An interesting article from Smithsonian magazine, about the mathematical study of cities: "Life in the city is essentially one giant math problem".
Here's a passage quoting Geoffrey West, about the ways that different measures of a city exhibit allometry with population size:
Remarkably, this phenomenon applies to cities all over the world, of different sizes, regardless of their particular history, culture or geography. Mumbai is different from Shanghai is different from Houston, obviously,