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The Shaping of Life: The Generation of Biological Pattern (Hardback)
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The Shaping of Life: The Generation of Biological Pattern (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 23/12/2010
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Biological development, how organisms acquire their form, is one of the great frontiers in science. While a vast knowledge of the molecules involved in development has been gained in recent decades, big questions remain on the molecular organization and physics that shape cells, tissues and organisms. Physical scientists and biologists traditionally have very different backgrounds and perspectives, yet some of the fundamental questions in developmental biology will only be answered by combining expertise from a range of disciplines. This book is a personal account by Professor Lionel Harrison of an interdisciplinary approach to studying biological pattern formation. It articulates the power of studying dynamics in development: that to understand how an organism is made we must not only know the structure of its molecules; we must also understand how they interact and how fast they do so.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521553506
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The Shaping of Life is an excellent resource. To those with interest in the evolution and theory at the interface of physical chemistry and the biological sphere, this book offers a pithy and well-informed perspective.' Plant Science Bulletin
"Harrison successfully weaves a qualitative description of reaction dynamics, with brief derivations of pertinent equations... The book gives fascinating insight into the creative process of a decidedly interdisciplinary scientist. Recommended." B.D. Spiegelberg, Choice Magazine
"In an age of ever-increasing pressures to pursue what is fashionable in science - be it to secure a position, tenure, funding, prestige, or other personal rewards - Harrison's book, and life, provides a felicitous allegory in favor of engaging in science that, while less stylish at the moment, touches on the truly infinite questions." Joshua Milstein, Physics Today
"Harrison is methodical and thorough in his approach... the organization is clear, from the concise table of contents to the expansive library of resources in which he consistently draws specific and pertinent references. To those with interest in the evolution and theory at the interfact of physical chemistry and the biological sphere, this book offers a pithy and well-informed perspective." Rebecca Bender, Michigan Technological University for Plant Science Bulletin

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