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Kinetic Theory of Living Pattern : Developmental and Cell Biology Series - Lionel G. Harrison

Kinetic Theory of Living Pattern

Developmental and Cell Biology Series

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Published: 30th July 1993
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This book contains both an extensive philosophical commentary on this dichotomy in views and an exposition of the type of theory most favored by physical scientists. In this theory, living form is a manifestation of the dynamics of chemical change and physical transport or other physics of spatial communication. The Reaction-diffusion theory as initiated by Turing in 1952 and elaborated by Prigogine, Gierer, Meinhardt, and others is discussed in detail. In some respects the book takes up the theme that "the things we see in the cell are less important than the actions we recognize in the cell", which was a major theme of D'Arcy W. Thompson's classic 1917 work On Growth and Form.

"A recurrent theme throughout the book is the need for communication across disciplines and Harrison draws analogy, wherever possible, with problems in physical chemistry, the area in which he started his scientific career...aimed at experimental biologists who wish to understand the basics of reaction-diffusion theory and for mathematicians who wish to communicate with biologists...the diverse range of phenomena discussed in basic terms make this book worthwhile reading." Philip K. Maini, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology "...a discursive yet engaging manner. Those who would like a qualitative introduction to the subject should read the first third of the book; the second third is a good introduction to quantitative reasoning; the last third shows how accurately morphogenesis has been modeled." Edward Cox, Science "...a very distinctive feel to it. It is the work of a teacher and scholar who does not mind revealing his (and others') prejudices, successes, and failures. Harrison writes in a discursive yet engaging manner." Edward Cox, Science "...[a] brave book." R.J.P. Williams, Journal of the American Chemical Society

Preface
Macroscopics Without Mathematics
Introduction
Morphogen: one word for at least two concepts
Pictorial reasoning in kinetic theory of pattern and form
Structure, equilibrium, kinetics
Pattern-Forming Processes
The making and breaking of symmetry
Matters needing mathematics: an introduction
Kinetic models for stable pattern: an introduction
Bringing Experiment and Theory Together
Classifications
Non-linear reaction-diffusion models; 1
Approaching agreement?
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521306911
ISBN-10: 0521306914
Series: Developmental and Cell Biology Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 30th July 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.67