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Dynamic Architecture of a Developing Organism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Development of Organisms

By: LV Beloussov

248 pages, Illus

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #83107 | ISBN: 0792350448
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About this book

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. This title is intended for students and researchers in biology, biomechanics and mathematical modelling.


Contents

Structure Formation in Physics and Biology: General Outline and Approaches. A Hierarchy of Dynamic Structures in Developing Organisms, as Traced in an Ascending Order. The Developmental Successions.

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