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The Dynamic Architecture of a Developing Organism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Development of Organisms / Edition 1

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This book is the first comprehensive attempt to consider the development of organisms as a multi-level feedback-linked self-organizing process. Accordingly, the data related to morphogenetic cell activities and to the development of entire organisms are reconsidered and reformulated in terms of theories of symmetry and self-organization, which is described in non-specialist terms. An important role for biomechanical feedback is emphasized. Two opposing approaches to development are outlined, a 'genocentric' one and a 'morphocentric' one, and the possibility of their combination is discussed. Unlike other books recently published in biotheoretical and biomathematical fields, this book is centered around developmental problems.
Audience: Students and researchers in biology, biomechanics and mathematical modelling.

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Written for students and researchers in biology, biomechanics, and mathematical modelling, this text is an attempt to consider the development of organisms as a multi- level feedback-linked self-organizing process. Data related to morphogenetic cell activities and organism development is formulated in terms of theories of symmetry and self- organization. Genocentric and morphocentric approaches are outlined and possibilities for their combination are discussed. An important role for biomechanical feedback is emphasized. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048150267
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Structure Formation in Physics and Biology: General Outline and Approaches. 2. A Hierarchy of Dynamic Structures in Developing Organisms, as Traced in an Ascending Order. 3. The Developmental Successions. Concluding Remarks. References. Index.

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