Professor Alain Goriely

Morphology and mechanics of evolving biological structures: neurons, seashells, rhubarbs, and chameleons too
When Feb 17, 2014
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where LR8, IEB Building, Engineering Science
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Contact Phone 01865-283302
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In this talk I will present a general mathematical framework to model and analyse the shape and mechanics of filamentary or cylindrical biological structures such as neurons, stems, and roots. This formulation leads, in the simplest case, to reduced models that can be analysed systematically. In particular, I will show how these ideas can be applied to understand morphological patterns appearing on seashell structures, how flowers and rhubarbs fight gravity, and reveal the elastic secrets of the chameleon.