'Stewart writes with such compelling clarity that general readers can share in the intellectual daring of his perspective.'--Booklist.'Stewart makes his case in fascinating detail and with an easy, readable style.'--Kirkus Reviews.In Life's Other Secret, Ian Stewart once again plies his trademark sense of humor and his gift for storytelling to introduce readers to the new math of the living world. From the latest theory of how life started, to the rules governing the shapes that animals grow into, from the forces that drive evolution, to the intricacies of animal behavior, Stewart reveals the paramount role mathematics plays in every aspect of life.Sumptuously illustrated with 120 photographs and line drawings, including a gallery of striking color images of nature's mathematical wonders.Ian Stewart (Coventry, England) is the author of numerous popular science and math books including The Magical Maze and bestselling Does God Play Dice? He writes the Mathematical Recreations column in Scientific American and is a regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences.