New Visions on Form and Growth: Digitation, dendrites, and flames

Hardcover | October 15, 2004

byPierre PelceTranslated byJasna Brujic, Laurent Costier

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There exists a wide variety of patterns in nature, from inert matter such as crystalline dendrites and flames, to filamentous fungi and neurones in the living world. Their structural evolution during growth can be theoretically modelled in order to predict the shape of their forms, theirdimensions and their growth rate. 'New Visions on Growth and Form' aims at answering such questions by employing different theoretical approaches and providing a critical appraisal. The book belongs to the wide field of non-equilibrium statistical physics, and explores different mechanisms such as transport, interfacial tension, and chemical reactions, which govern the growth of a material. It explains the fundamental equations relating different morphological quantities, aswell as the relevant experimental control parameters. From the unifying concepts arising in the theoretical approach the author proposes a tentative description of cell morphogenesis as a further application of the theory.

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There exists a wide variety of patterns in nature, from inert matter such as crystalline dendrites and flames, to filamentous fungi and neurones in the living world. Their structural evolution during growth can be theoretically modelled in order to predict the shape of their forms, theirdimensions and their growth rate. 'New Visions on...

The author Pierre Pelce is Director of Research (CNRS) at the University of Provence, Marseille, France The translators Jasna Brujic and Laurent Costier are members of the Polymers and Colloids Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:October 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Surface tension3. First order phase transition kinetics4. Chemical reactions5. Simple forms6. First instabilities7. Forms without surface tension8. Pattern formation and growth rate9. Stability of a curved form10. Evolution of forms11. Stochastic growth forms12. Towards morphogenesisAuthor indexSubject index

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`... will remain a classical reference for a long time.'Pierre-Gilles DeGennes, ESPCI, Paris