The Shaping of Life: The Generation of Biological Pattern by Lionel G. HarrisonThe Shaping of Life: The Generation of Biological Pattern by Lionel G. Harrison

The Shaping of Life: The Generation of Biological Pattern

byLionel G. Harrison

Hardcover | February 14, 2011

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Biological development, how organisms acquire their form, is one of the great frontiers in science. While a vast knowledge of the molecules involved in development has been gained in recent decades, big questions remain on the molecular organization and physics that shape cells, tissues and organisms. Physical scientists and biologists traditionally have very different backgrounds and perspectives, yet some of the fundamental questions in developmental biology will only be answered by combining expertise from a range of disciplines. This book is a personal account by Professor Lionel Harrison of an interdisciplinary approach to studying biological pattern formation. It articulates the power of studying dynamics in development: that to understand how an organism is made we must not only know the structure of its molecules; we must also understand how they interact and how fast they do so.
Title:The Shaping of Life: The Generation of Biological PatternFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:February 14, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521553504

ISBN - 13:9780521553506


Table of Contents

Foreword Thurston Lacalli; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Organizer. Organize thyself; Part I. Watching Plants Grow: 2. Branching: how do plants get it started?; 3. Whorled structures; 4. Dichotomous branching; 5. Micrasterias and computing patterning along with growth; Part II. Between Plants and Animals: 6. The emergence of dynamic theories; 7. Classifying developmental theories as physical chemistry; Part III. But Animals are Different: 8. The dreaded fruit fly; 9. Various vertebrate events; Epilogue; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"In an age of ever-increasing pressures to pursue what is fashionable in science - be it to secure a position, tenure, funding, prestige, or other personal rewards - Harrison's book, and life, provides a felicitous allegory in favor of engaging in science that, while less stylish at the moment, touches on the truly infinite questions."
Joshua Milstein, Physics Today