Growth and Form in Mathematics, Physics, and Biology

Friday, February 18, 2011: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
147A (Washington Convention Center )
Nearly a century ago, D'Arcy Thompson wrote the first edition of the book On Growth and Form, which according to Peter Medawar is "the finest work of literature in all the annals of science that have been recorded in the English tongue." In it, Thompson, through a series of examples on a variety of scales, emphasized the role of physical laws embodied mathematically as the fundamental determinant of structure and form of organisms. This idea is complementary to modern approaches that emphasize the molecular and genetic principles underlying development and morphogenesis and provides the physical substrate on which the laws of natural selection work. In this symposium, speakers highlight some of the current work on growth and form in animals and plants using molecular approaches, physical experiments, and mathematical models.
L. Mahadevan, Harvard University
Edward Aboufadel, Grand Valley State University
Ray Keller, University of Virginia
L. Mahadevan, Harvard University
Simple Aspects of Growth and Form
Yves Couder, Ecole Normale Supérieure
Experiments on Isotropy or Anisotropy in Growth
Alan Newell, University of Arizona
The Universal Nature of Fibonacci Patterns
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