On growth and form: geometry, physics and biology

Speaker: 
Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan
Date: 
Thu, May 24, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
2012 Niven Lecture
Abstract: 
The diversity of form in living beings led Darwin to state that it is "enough to drive the sanest man mad". How can we describe this variety? How can we predict it? Motivated by biological observations on different scales from molecules to tissues, I will show how a combination of biological and physical experiments, mathematical models and simple computations allow us to begin to unravel the physical basis for morphogenesis.

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