Public Event: On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics and Biology

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program Sears Lecture



Thursday, August 4, 2011
2 p.m.
Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole, MA

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Harvard University

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 physical experiments,  mathematical models and simple  computations allow us to begin to unravel the physical basis for morphogenesis.

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at Woods Hole is funded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research.