In living organisms an almost infinite multitude of forms is found, yet there is still very little understanding how these forms emerge. The emergence of forms in the growth process of biological objects is one of the most fundamental problems in biology. The view that growth and form are interrelated has a long tradition in biology. A classical study on this subject is D’Arcy Thompson’s (1942) book On growth and form. In this study the form of an organism is considered as an event in space-time and not merely a configuration in space. This view is also the basis for many of the mathematical models which have been developed to obtain insight into the morphogenesis of biological objects.
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Jaap A. Kaandorp
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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