Biological Motion

Proceedings of a Workshop held in Königswinter, Germany, March 16–19, 1989

  • Wolfgang Alt
  • Gerhard Hoffmann

Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 89)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Wolfgang Alt, Gerhard Hoffmann
      Pages 1-5
  3. Motion of Cell or Body Parts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Intracellular Structures and Cell Shape

      1. Graham A. Dunn, Alastair F. Brown
        Pages 10-34
      2. John M. Lackie, Hansuli Keller
        Pages 35-41
      3. Jürgen Bereiter-Hahn, Norbert Braun, Monika Vöth
        Pages 68-84
      4. Dieter G. Weiss, Günther Galfe, Josef Gulden, Dieter Seitz-Tutter, George M. Langford, Albrecht Struppler et al.
        Pages 95-116
      5. Michael Melkonian
        Pages 117-120
    3. Cilia and Flagella

    4. Motion of Body Parts: Its Generation and Control in Higher Animals

      1. Jeffrey Dean, Holk Cruse
        Pages 200-219
      2. Wolfram Zarnack, Gabriele Reuse, Thomas Schwenne
        Pages 228-238
  4. Locomotion of Single Organisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251

About this book

Introduction

" . . . behavior is not, what an organism does itself, but to what we point. Therefore, whether a type of behavior of an organism is adequate as a certain configuration of movements, will depend on the environment in which we de­ scribe it. " (Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela: El arbol del conocimiento, 1984) "A thorough analysis of behavior must result in a scheme, that shows all regularities that are to be found between the sensorical input and the motorical output of an animal. This scheme is an abstract representation of the brain. " (Valentin Braitenberg: Gehirngespinste, 1973) During the 70ies, when Biomathematics (beyond Biomedical Statistics and Com­ puting) became more popular at universities and research institutes, the problems dealt with came mainly from the general fields of 'Population Biology' and 'Complex Systems Analysis' such as epidemics, ecosystems analysis, morphogenesis, genetics, immunology and neurology (see the first series of Springer Lecture Notes in Biomathematics). Since then, the picture has not considerably changed, and it seems that "a thorough analysis of behavior" of single organisms and, moreover, of their mutual interactions, is far from being understood. On the contrary, mathematical modellers and analysts have been well­ advised to restrict their investigations to specific aspects of 'biological behavior', one of which is 'biological motion'. Until now, only a few Conference Proceedings or Lecture Notes have paid attention to this important aspect, some of the earlier examples being Vol. 24: 'The measurement of biological shape and shape changes' (1978) or Vol.

Keywords

Invariant Mathematica calculus function

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Alt
    • 1
  • Gerhard Hoffmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Abteilung Theoretische BiologieUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Zoologisches Institut IIUniversität WürzburgWürzburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-51664-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-53520-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-51664-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0341-633X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-9981
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