The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells

  • Hans Meinhardt

Part of the The Virtual Laboratory book series (VIRTUAL LAB.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Hans Meinhardt
    Pages 41-52
  3. Hans Meinhardt
    Pages 91-102
  4. Hans Meinhardt
    Pages 127-142
  5. Hans Meinhardt
    Pages 143-162
  6. Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Deborah R. Fowler
    Pages 163-182
  7. Hans Meinhardt
    Pages 183-195
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-204

About this book


For centuries scientists have tried to understand the growth and development of multicellular organisms. More recently, with the help of mathematical models and computerized simulations, they have discovered algorithmic patterns and models that seem to describe the dynamic processes in which organisms grow, reproduce, and respond to external factors. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Hans Meinhardt explains and illustrates these structural growth patterns in the case of sea shells. The book delightfully conveys the intuitive appeal and the "touch of magic" in this research. A diskette packaged with the book contains a program that allows the reader to run the simulations on a PC. New patterns can be generated interactively to provide an insight into the process of biological pattern formation.


Computer Graphicss Computergraphik Dynamische Systeme Growth algorithms Mathematica Visualisierung algorithms artificial life computer graphics dynamical systems graphics natural phenomena shells simulation visualization

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Meinhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für EntwicklungsbiologieTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-13137-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-13135-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-939X
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