Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995, XII, 294 p.
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The development of a proper theoretical description of the living world today poses one of the most significant challenges to science. In this interdisciplinary work, leading scientists in biology, physics, computer science and mathematics have joinded forces to present and tackle some of the open problems. They demonstrate that the concepts and methods of the newly developed fields of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems theory, combined with irreversible thermodynamics and far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics, enable us to make progress with many of these problems. The book will interest all researchers and students involved in seeking an integrative approach to the frontiers of biological science.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »complex system - living systems - mathematics - mechanics - statistical mechanics - thermodynamics
I Pattern Formation in Chemical Systems.- Spiral Waves in Bounded Excitable Media.- Dynamics of Oscillatory Chemical Systems.- Localized Turing and Turing-Hopf Patterns.- II Biological Patterns.- Domains and Patterns in Biological Membranes.- Modelling Pattern Formation on Primate Visual Cortex.- III Dynamics of Biological Macromolecules.- Channel Function and Channel-Lipid Bilayer Interactions.- Dynamics of Nucleic Acids and Nucleic Acid:Protein Complexes.- IV Physiological Control Systems.- Models of Renal Blood Flow Autoregulation.- Dynamics of Bone Remodelling.- Modelling Heart Rate Variability Due to Respiration and Baroreflex.- A Dynamical Approach to Normal and Parkinsonian Tremor.- V Complex Ecologies and Evolution.- Dynamics of Complex Ecologies.- A Self-Organized Critical Model for Evolution.