Physics of growth and replication


Yuri K. Shestopaloff

Physics of growth and replication. Physical and geometrical perspectives on living organismsí development. 2010, 173 p.

ISBN 978-0-9809667-5-6  

Library of Congress Control Number:  2009943094

Hard cover, Library binding, 8.5 x 5.5

This book introduces the physical mechanisms that besides the biochemical and other factors govern the growth and replication of living organisms. Presently, these phenomena are overwhelmingly considered as biological, genetic, and biochemical, which is true. However, natural phenomena exist in a real world that does not have purely physical or biological boundaries, which subjectively imposed by our excessive human desire for classification and absolutization. Physical laws, as an inherent part of Nature, influence such universal phenomena as growth and replication of living organisms. The book presents detailed study of such fundamental physical growth mechanism. It introduces a general mathematical equation describing the growth of living organisms from the physical and geometrical perspective, and applies it to modeling of different growth scenarios supported by experimental observations. Cellsí growth is the primary area of the study, although the author also makes some generalizations and comments on related natural philosophy issues. One small chapter considers the growth of multicellular organisms. The whole material is presented in such a way that any person interested in the subject and familiar with the basics of physics and biology will be comfortable with the main concepts and the whole content, which is much facilitated by numerous graphical illustrations.

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