Chaos in Biological Systems

  • H. Degn
  • A. V. Holden
  • L. F. Olsen

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 138)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ary L. Goldberger, Bruce J. West
    Pages 1-4
  3. Michael R. Guevara, Antoni C. G. van Ginneken, Habo J. Jongsma
    Pages 5-12
  4. Klaus Skovbo Jensen, Niels-Henrik Holstein-Rathlou, Paul P. Leyssac, Erik Mosekilde, Dan Rene Rasmussen
    Pages 23-32
  5. Somdatta Sinha, R. Ramaswamy
    Pages 59-66
  6. Jürgen Parisi, Brigitte Röhricht, Joachim Peinke, Otto E. Rössler
    Pages 91-95
  7. M. Rosário, L. M. S. Álvares-Ribeiro
    Pages 97-104
  8. Isabel Salgado Labouriau
    Pages 105-111
  9. P. Arrigo, L. Marconi, G. Morgavi, S. Ridella, C. Rolando, F. Scalia
    Pages 113-119
  10. Gen Matsumoto, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Yoshiro Hanyu
    Pages 143-156
  11. Hatsuo Hayashi, Satoru Ishizuka
    Pages 157-166
  12. Christian Kaas-Petersen
    Pages 183-190
  13. A. K. Schierwagen
    Pages 191-193
  14. E. Labos
    Pages 195-206
  15. A. M. Albano, A. I. Mees, G. C. de Guzman, P. E. Rapp
    Pages 207-220
  16. W. M. Schaffer
    Pages 233-248
  17. M. Markus, B. Hess, J. Rössler, M. Kiwi
    Pages 267-277
  18. O. E. Rössler, C. Kahlert, J. L. Hudson
    Pages 279-283
  19. M. Markus, S. C. Müller, Th Plesser, B. Hess
    Pages 295-303
  20. Bruce J. West
    Pages 305-314
  21. L. Cruzeiro, P. L. Christiansen, J. Halding, O. Skovgaard, A. C. Scott
    Pages 315-319
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 321-323

About this book


In recent years experimental and numerical studies have shown that chaos is a widespread phenomenon throughout the biological hierarchy ranging from simple enzyme reactions to ecosystems. Although a coherent picture of the fundamental mechanisms responsible for chaotic dynamics has started to appear it is not yet clear what the implications of such dynamics are for biological systems in general. In some systems it appears that chaotic dynamics are associated with a pathological condi­ tion. In other systems the pathological condition has regular periodic dynamics whilst the normal non-pathological condition has chaotic dyna­ mics. Since chaotic behaviour is so ubiquitous in nature and since the phenomenon raises some fundamental questions about its implications for biology it seemed timely to organize an interdisciplinary meeting at which leading scientists could meet to exchange ideas, to evaluate the current state of the field and to stipulate the guidelines along which future research should be directed. The present volume contains the contributions to the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "Chaos in Biological Systems" held at Dyffryn House, St. Nicholas, Cardiff, U. K. , December 8-12, 1986. At this meeting 38 researchers with highly different backgrounds met to present their latest results through lectures and posters and to discuss the applica­ tions of non-linear techniques to problems of common interest. . In spite of their involvement in the study of chaotic dynamics for several years many of the participants met here for the first time.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H. Degn
    • 1
  • A. V. Holden
    • 2
  • L. F. Olsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Odense UniversityOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.The University of LeedsLeedsUK

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