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What are the relations between the shape of a system of cities and that of fish school? Which events should happen in a cell in order that it participates to one of the finger of our hands? How to interpret the shape of a sand dune? This collective book written for the non-specialist addresses these questions and more generally, the fundamental issue of the emergence of forms and patterns in physical and living systems. It is a single book gathering the different aspects of morphogenesis and approaches developed in different disciplines on shape and pattern formation. Relying on the seminal works of Da€™Arcy Thompson, Alan Turing and RenAc Thom, it confronts major examples like plant growth and shape, intra-cellular organization, evolution of living forms or motifs generated by crystals. A book essential to understand universal principles at work in the shapes and patterns surrounding us but also to avoid spurious analogies.The branchial basket is more compact (often with five branchial arches) and the nervous tube is now well-protected by the ... cases clearly related to developments that could be qualified as teratological), they always remained within the a€œfish patterna€. ... But we will have to wait a little longer (a few million years, maybe more?)anbsp;...

Author: Paul Bourgine, Annick LESNE
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2010-10-28

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