Uses nonlinear dynamics as a foundation to approach oscillations in motile systems, presenting mechano-chemical oscillary systems as a prototype of nonlinear science. Offers the concept that very simple nonlinear models can have complicated behaviors and that a mathematical analysis of these models can aid in understanding biological processes. Surveys the latest experimental and theoretical results. Also contains a slew of figures and diagrams.
Table of Contents
OSCILLATORY CONTRACTION IN MUSCLE.
Muscle Structure and Function.
Models for Muscle Contraction.
NONLINEAR DYNAMIC PHENOMENA IN FLAGELLA AND CILIA.
Hierarchy in Structure and Function.
Models of Flagella and Cilia Exhibiting Regular Behavior.
Molecular Mechanism for Excitability and Oscillations.
Simplified Models for Flagellar Dynamics.
Simplified Models for Ciliary Dynamics.
Large-Amplitude Oscillations and Bend Propagation.
From Simple to Complex Dynamical Behaviors in Mechano-Chemical Cycles: Hyperoscillations, Bursting and Chaos.