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Leonardo da Vinci's rule
The article claims that constructal law predicts Leonardo da Vinci's rule. This probably refers to Leonardo da Vinci's tree rule. See: http://phys.org/news/2012-01-leonardo-da-vinci-tree.html However, the constructal law prediction seems to be based on hydraulics, which seems to be refuted by the article at: http://phys.org/news/2012-01-leonardo-da-vinci-tree.html So my questions are these:
- Is the constructal law article referring to Leonardo da Vinci's tree rule?
- Is the prediction based on hydraulic considerations?
- Do hydraulic considerations explain Leonardo da Vinci's tree rule?
- Is Leonardo da Vinci's tree rule true?
I've got some concerns about this article both for violations of WP:NPOV in its presentation of this theory and WP:UNDUE with the weight given to sparse support in an article which seems to govern a notable WP:FRINGE topic. I've added tags and am bringing this to the attention of the NPOV noticeboard in hopes some people with more Physics experience than mine can lend a hand fixing. Simonm223 (talk) 16:50, 19 February 2014 (UTC)
- I also contacted the Quality Control noticeboard of the WikiProject Physics group. Simonm223 (talk) 16:57, 19 February 2014 (UTC)
A classic example of a "fringe theory given undue weight"
This "article" and the personal polemics contained here read like a pamphlet written by the author to promote his original research. The so-called "constructal law" is a fringe theory heavily promoted by a single individual and virtually no one else. Most references listed here are to Mr Bejan himself and/or his students. The "constructal law" borders on pseudoscience: the formulation is as vague as it is untestable. It fails to make any meaningful predictions, and I mean _original_ predictions in areas which have _not_ been already resolved by others (Horton, Kleiber). Presenting insights worked out by others in the context of one's "theory" is _not_ a prediction, but merely a re-formulation (at best). / WP:FRINGE/PS / WP:PROFRINGE / WP:NFRINGE / WP:UNDUE
- I very much concur. I see MreEnv has replaced theory with law, too, which is undeniably inappropriate. Said user continues to inject this stuff into other, unrelated pages as well. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 03:37, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
I have moved the following links from the EL section because they may make good sources for article content but are inappropriate as ELs.
- Scoop it: Constructal Law of Design in Nature
- Constructal Law web portal: publications, events, links, etc.
- Unified Physics Theory Explains Animals' Running, Flying And Swimming: Duke University article.
- Tree branching key to efficient flow in nature and novel materials, 
- Unifying The Animate And Inanimate Designs Of Nature, 
- Why the golden ratio pleases the eye, The Guardian, UK, 
- Le secret de la beaute demystifiee, Le Devoir, Montreal, 
- Collaboration of soloists makes the best science, 
- Design in Nature and the Relevancy of Your School, The Learning Pond, January 31, 2013.
The following list of sources was included in the article in a "Popular literature" section. They should either be used as sources to support article content or dropped.
- Maggie Wittlin, "A Finger on the Pulse of the World", SEED Magazine, January 13, 2006.
- H. Poirier, Une théorie explique l’intelligence de la nature, Science & Vie, 1034, 2003, pp. 44–63.
- Natural Design with Constructal Theory, Mechanical Engineering magazine, 
- The many and the few, Mechanical Engineering magazine, 
- Laufen = Fliegen = Schwimmen, 
- Jeremy Berlin, Gaudi’s Materspiece, National Geographic, December 2010, pp. 24–27.
- Tara Bruno, Higher Navel, faster feet, Science World, October 18, 2010, Vol. 67, No. 3, p. 5.
- A. Boyle, Why March Madness isn’t that mad, MSNBC, 2 March 2011.
- Jonathan Mitchell, Constructal Law: A Theory of Everything, Studio 360, 2 March 2012.
- S. Pappas, Fastest swimmers make webbed hands out of water, Live Science, 20 June 2012.
- M. Torre, “La Natura, vi svelo le formule della perfezione”, La Macchina del Tempo, January – February 2004, No. 1–2, Year 5, pp. 36–46.
- “La Tour Eiffel a livré son equation”, Interview with A. Bejan, Science & Vie, No. 1050, March 2005, pp. 18–19.
- “Evolution of Movement Design is Deterministic”, Interview with A. Bejan, Astrobiology Magazine, 31 December 2005. http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1820
- “Traquers de formes: Quand les morphologues réinventent la nature” (Pursuers of shapes: when the morphologists reinvent nature), Science & Vie, No. 1067, August 2006, Supplement, pp. 47–50.
- R. Bliwise, “Going With the Flow”, DUKE Magazine, September–October 2007, pp. 32–29.
- P. J. Zane, Going with the flow, The News & Observer, Raleigh, 30 December 2007.
- J. J. Hermes, “Fixed Rankings?”, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. 54, Issue 27, Page A6, 14 March 2008.
- Fabienne Lemarchand, La pyramide ou la géometrie du moindre effort (The Pyramid or the geometry of least effort), Les Cahiers de Science & Vie, No. 106, August–September 2008, pp. 52–61.
- R. R. Britt, Is Einstein the last great genius? Yahoo News, 5 December 2008, http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20081205/sc_livescience/iseinsteinthelastgreatgenius
- M. Lord, Capstone Redesign, Prism, April 2009, pp. 45–47.
- K. McVeigh, “The bigger they get, the faster they go – the rise of the superhuman athlete”, The Guardian, 17 July 2009.
- R. Alleyne, “Size matters: bigger athletes dwarf efforts of smaller rivals”, The Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2009.
- Elizabeth Cooney, “The quickest grow fastest”, The Boston Globe, 20 July 2009.
- “Higher, taller, faster: study suggests”, Vancouver Sun, 20 July 2009.
- R. Boswell, “The skinny on today’s Olympic athletes”, National Post, Canada, 20 July 2009.
- Lee Dye, “Are giants taking over sports?”, ABC News, 22 July 2009.
- Emanuela di Pasqua, “Generazione di fenomeni <<crescono>>”, Corriere della Sera, 17 July 2009.
- Paola Mariano, Nuoto e corsa/ Atleti più veloci? La causa e il fisico “ingigantito”, ilsussidiario.net, 17 June 2009.
- Elizabeth Landau, Olympic speed winners getting taller, heavier, CNN.com, 5 August 2009.
- Matthew Futterman, Behind the NFL’s touchdown binge, The Wall Street Journal, 10 September 2009, p. D8.
- Steve Connor, Why some shapes are more pleasing to the eye than others, The Independent, London, UK, 21 December 2009.
- Karen McVeigh, Why golden ratio pleases the eye: US academic says he knows art secret, The Guardian, London, UK, 28 December 2009.
- Paola Mariano, Cervello: nei nostri occhi il segreto bellezza opere d’arte, l’Unità, Italy, 21 December 2009.
- Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Così occhio e mente cologno la bellezza, Corriere della Sera, 12 January 2010, p. 36.
- Frédérique Doyon, Le secret de la beauté démystifié, Le Devoir, Montreal, 21 January 2010.
- Matthew Moore, Centre of gravity theory for dominance of black sprinters and white swimmers, The Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2010.
- Karin Zeitvogel, Belly-buttons key to success in sport: study, Yahoo News, 12 July 2010.
- Karen Rowan, Scientists theorize why black athletes run fastest, Live Science, 13 July 2010.
- William Saletan, Lose the race. Can the black-white performance gap be hereditary but not racial? Slate, 13 July 2010.
- Jeannine Stein, The key to an athlete’s speed may be the body’s center of gravity, Los Angeles Times, Health, 12 July 2010.
- L. Valich, Just go with the flow to pick March Madness winners, Medill Reports, 1 March 2011.
- E. Brennan, Circular evolution in the NCAA tournament, ESPN, 3 March 2011.
- C. Arnold, Universal Law of Basketball, US News & World Report, 21 March 2011.
- Lindsey Emery, Athletic blessings in disguise, ESPN W, 11 May 2011
- Pourquoi les coureurs d’origine africaine sont-ils meilleurs que les autres?, Science et Vie, July 2011, pp. 126–129.
- Esses are everywhere, Science Daily, 20 July 2011.
- Seeing the S-curve in everything, Science Codex, 20 July 2011.
- A. W. Kosner, There’s a new law in physics and it changes everything, Forbes, 29 February 2012.
- A. W. Kosner, “Freedom is good for design”, How to use Constructal Theory to liberate any flow system, Forbes, 18 March 2012.
- Moira Gunn, TechNation: Adrian Bejan—The Nature of Design, IT Conversations, 22 March 2012.
- A. Bejan and J. P. Zane, In design, nature goes with the flow, News & Observer, 8 May 2012.
- Sharon Begley, Newton at the Games: Sports science, Reuters, 16 July 2012.
- Sharon Begley, Faster Olympic swimmers paddle like a duck, kick like a dolphin, Reuters, 18 July 2012.
- Matthew Futterman, Bodies built for Gold, The Wall Street Journal, 27 July 2012.
- Natalie Wolchover, What are the ingredients of an Olympian?, Life’s Little Mysteries, 30 July 2012.
- Pauline Gravel, La physique constructale à l′épreuve de l′eau?, Le Devoir, Montreal, 31 July 2012.
- Karin Zeitvogel, SPORTS: Researchers point to fingers as key to speed in the water, WaterWonksBeta, 2 August 2012.
- Lee Charles Kelley and Kevin Behan, Empathy & evolution: how dogs convert stress into flow, Psychology Today, 6 August 2012.
- Michael Donlevy, Could your child be an Olympian?, Yano, 15 August 2012.
- A. W. Kosner, Big data not required: the benefits of a less complex model of climate change, Forbes, 12 October 2012.
- L. C. Kelley, The canine mind bows to the Constructal Law, Psychology Today 16 October 2012.
- The Week, UK, The Hobbit film leaves fans with an unexpected thickness, 2 December 2012.
- Max Borders, The most important idea you probably didn’t know about, The Freeman, 31 January 2013.
- A. W. Kosner, The (not so) evil strategy behind everything Google, Forbes, 3 February 2013.
- L. C. Kelly, Hierarchies without dominance: The pack as a flow system?, Psychology Today, 8 February 2013.
- Lance Hosey, Why We Love Beautiful Things, New York Times, 15 February 2013.
- Phil Patton, Designers of Aston-Martin Rapide S Embrace Golden Ratio, New York Times, 20 February 2013.
- A. W. Kosner, The Sports Car, The Laptop And The Science Behind The Golden Proportion, Forbes, 22 February 2013.
- Matthew Futterman, Here Come The Flamethrowers, The Wall Street Journal, 29 March 2013, pp. D1-D2.
- Ira Katz A Law for Almost Everything, American Daily Herald, 3 June 2013.
- Richard Merritt, In baseball, bigger is better, 8 July 2013 http://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/du-ibb070813.php.
- Laura Candler, Why baseball pitchers (and other athletes) are getting taller, WUNC Science and Technology, 10 July 2013.
- Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman: Did God Create Evolution?, Science Channel, 31 July 2013.
- Karl Gruber, Spreading your fingers improves your swimming, The Munich Eye, 9 September 2013.
- A. W. Kosner, Winter wonderland: Snowflakes are predictably diverse, but not unique, Forbes, 22 December 2013.
- Stephanie Pappas, How snowflakes form: new video explains, Live Science, 23 December 2013.
- Matthew Futterman, Imperfect bodies chase gold, The Wall Street Journal, 7 February 2014.
List of examples in desperate need of sources
The list of examples of natural designs explained and unified by constructal law in the Constructal thermodynamics section had no sources. Such a long list with zero citations is a significant abuse of policy. I have moved the list here for holding so they can be moved back as sources are provided.
- Global circulation and climate
- River basin design: Horton's rules of stream numbers (~4) and lengths (~2), and all the other scaling rules (e.g., Melton, Hack) of river basins all over the world.
- The distribution of city sizes and numbers, i.e. Zipf's law relating log (size) versus log (rank).
- The distribution of tree sizes and numbers on the forest floor, which is also a Zipf line of log (size) versus log (rank).
- The flow of education as a morphing vasculature on the globe, and the rigidity of university rankings.
- Vision, cognition, and the "golden ratio" phenomenon.
- The entire architecture of vegetation: roots, trunks, canopies, branches, leaves, and the forest, including the prediction of Leonardo da Vinci's rule, Huber's rule, and the Fibonacci sequence.
- Pedestrian movement, speeds, and patterns
- The emergence of urban traffic design
- The entire morphogenesis of dendritic crystals (e.g., snowflakes), as a flow structure that facilitates the flow of the heat of solidification
- The scaling law of all animal locomotion (running, flying, swimming): speeds, frequencies, forces and the work spent per unit of mass moved and distance traveled.
- The evolution of speed in sports.
- Kleiber's law, the relationship between metabolic rate and body size
- The relationship between breathing and heart beating times and body size
- The relationship between the mass transfer contact area and body mass
- The human bronchial tree with 23 levels of bifurcation.
- The dimensions of the alveolar sac,
- The total length of the airways,
- The total alveolar surface area,
- The total resistance to oxygen transport in the respiratory tree.