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Published: 20 July 2016

By Andy Ross

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Influences of nature

Nature often provides inspiration for designers and artists. A series on iPlayer explains some of the wonder of the patterns and shapes we see around us. 

Professor Brian Cox explains in a three part series Forces of Nature how physics and chemistry work together to create the wonderful pattern in a snowflake or the shape of a manatee. It is a fascinating series, (iPlayer though is only available in the UK  but see if you can get the series by another route) and understanding how nature creates can only help in our quest for good designs and perfect patterns.