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Mathematics and Biosciences in Interaction

Fractals in Biology and Medicine

Editors: Nonnenmacher, Theo F., Losa, Gabriele A., Weibel, Ewald R. (Eds.)

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"Fractals in Biology and Medicine" explores the potential of fractal geometry for describing and understanding biological organisms, their development and growth as well as their structural design and functional properties. It extends these notions to assess changes associated with disease in the hope to contribute to the understanding of pathogenetic processes in medicine. The book is the first comprehensive presentation of the importance of the new concept of fractal geometry for biological and medical sciences. It collates in a logical sequence extended papers based on invited lectures and free communications presented at a symposium in Ascona, Switzerland, attended by leading scientists in this field, among them the originator of fractal geometry, Benoit Mandelbrot. "Fractals in Biology and Medicine" begins by asking how the theoretical construct of fractal geometry can be applied to biomedical sciences and then addresses the role of fractals in the design and morphogenesis of biological organisms as well as in molecular and cell biology. The consideration of fractal structure in understanding metabolic functions and pathological changes is a particularly promising avenue for future research.

Table of contents (33 chapters)

Table of contents (33 chapters)
  • The Significance of Fractals for Biology and Medicine An Introduction and Summary

    Pages 2-6

    Weibel, Ewald R.

  • A Fractal’s Lacunarity, and how it can be Tuned and Measured

    Pages 8-21

    Mandelbrot, Benoit B.

  • Spatial and Temporal Fractal Patterns in Cell and Molecular Biology

    Pages 22-37

    Nonnenmacher, Theo F.

  • Chaos, Noise and Biological Data

    Pages 38-54

    West, Bruce J. (et al.)

  • Fractal Landscapes in Physiology & Medicine: Long-Range Correlations in DNA Sequences and Heart Rate Intervals

    Pages 55-65

    Peng, C.-K. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fractals in Biology and Medicine
Editors
  • Theo F. Nonnenmacher
  • Gabriele A. Losa
  • Ewald R. Weibel
Series Title
Mathematics and Biosciences in Interaction
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-8501-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-8501-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-9652-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7643-2989-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 397
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