Towards a Geometrical Theory of Morphogenesis

  • Johan GielisEmail author


Understanding life is one of the major challenges for science in the 21st century. Despite the exponentially growing mountains of data in the life sciences, the challenge of developing geometrical models, always at the core in eras of scientific progress (Newton, Riemann, Einstein), remains completely open. Marcel Berger wrote explicitly: ‘‘Present models of geometry, even if quite numerous, are not able to answer various essential questions. For example: among all possible configurations of a living organism, describe its trajectory (life) in time’’ [6]. We are still far from describing life mathematically, despite the numerous successful applications of mathematics in the life sciences.


Unit Circle Geometrical Theory Euclidean Geometry Conic Section Pythagorean Theorem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biosciences EngineeringUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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