Origins of Patterns and Shapes

  • Paul Bourgine
  • Annick Lesne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Annick Lesne, Paul Bourgine
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jean-Claude Bacri, Florence Elias
    Pages 15-39
  4. Steffen Bohn
    Pages 41-48
  5. Yves Bouligand
    Pages 49-86
  6. François Képès
    Pages 119-141
  7. Caroline Smet-Nocca, Andràs Paldi, Arndt Benecke
    Pages 143-166
  8. Nadine Peyriéras
    Pages 167-188
  9. Hugues Chaté, Guillaume Grégoire
    Pages 211-223
  10. Denise Pumain
    Pages 225-249
  11. Jean Petitot
    Pages 273-281
  12. Jean-Louis Giavitto, Antoine Spicher
    Pages 315-339
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 341-346

About this book


What are the relations between the shape of a system of cities and that of fish school? Which events should happen in a cell in order that it participates to one of the finger of our hands? How to interpret the shape of a sand dune? This collective book written for the non-specialist addresses these questions and more generally, the fundamental issue of the emergence of forms and patterns in physical and living systems. It is a single book gathering the different aspects of morphogenesis and approaches developed in different disciplines on shape and pattern formation. Relying on the seminal works of D’Arcy Thompson, Alan Turing and René Thom, it confronts major examples like plant growth and shape, intra-cellular organization, evolution of living forms or motifs generated by crystals. A book essential to understand universal principles at work in the shapes and patterns surrounding us but also to avoid spurious analogies.


Collective phenomena Embryogenesis in biology Inorganic and organic morphogenesis Pattern formation Shape development

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Bourgine
    • 1
  • Annick Lesne
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecole PolytechniqueCREAParisFrance
  2. 2.Labo. Physique Théorique de la, Matière Condensée (LPTMC)Université Paris VIParis CX 05France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-13173-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-13174-5
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