Public Event: On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics and Biology
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program Sears Lecture
DateThursday, August 4, 2011
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.