Kinetic Theory Of Living Pattern: Kinetic Theory Of Living Patte by Lionel G. HarrisonKinetic Theory Of Living Pattern: Kinetic Theory Of Living Patte by Lionel G. Harrison

Kinetic Theory Of Living Pattern: Kinetic Theory Of Living Patte

byLionel G. HarrisonEditorJonathan B. L. Bard, Peter W. Barlow

Paperback | September 15, 2005

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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.
Title:Kinetic Theory Of Living Pattern: Kinetic Theory Of Living PatteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:September 15, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521019915

ISBN - 13:9780521019910

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Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Macroscopics Without Mathematics: 1. Introduction; 2. Morphogen: one word for at least two concepts; 3. Pictorial reasoning in kinetic theory of pattern and form; 4. Structure, equilibrium, kinetics; Part II. Pattern-Forming Processes: 5. The making and breaking of symmetry; 6. Matters needing mathematics: an introduction; 7. Kinetic models for stable pattern: an introduction; Part III. Bringing Experiment and Theory Together: 8. Classifications; 9. Non-linear reaction-diffusion models; 10. Approaching agreement?; References; Index.

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"...[a] brave book." R.J.P. Williams, Journal of the American Chemical Society