A Physicochemical Theory of Tip Growth

A Physicochemical Theory of Tip Growth

1st Edition - November 15, 2019

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  • Author: Pierre Pelce
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785483165

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A Physicochemical Theory of Tip Growth presents the latest information on experimental observations on living organisms, including unicellular algae, hyphae and neurons. These theories are analogous to the ones developed for the growth of nonliving matter, as already exposed by the author in the book.

Key Features

  • Presents the theory of growth and form of nonliving matter
  • Provides discussions on simple, unstable flat or spherical shapes which restabilize in more robust pointed shapes
  • Includes characteristics that are typical of the morphogenesis of living matter


Researchers and Students in the fields mentioned above, Librairies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Constituents
    3. Simple laws
    4. Instabilities
    5. Geometric models
    6. Apical growth
    7. The neuronal tree
    8. Epilogue

Product details

  • No. of pages: 482
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2019
  • Published: November 15, 2019
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785483165

About the Author

Pierre Pelce

Pierre Pelcé was born in Poitiers (France) on 4 June 1959. He was teached in the Paris region, before to become a student in Physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris in the beginning of 1980. He begun his scientific career as a CNRS researcher in Marseille (France), working on out of equilibrium systems like flame fronts, more generally chemical fronts and cristalline dendrite morphologies. He then spent one year in the James Franck institute of Chicago in 1986, where he begun to think to possible applications of the dynamics of non living matter to morphogenesis of unicellular algae, fungal cells and neurons. Then he became director of research in CNRS in the Institut de Recherches sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (IRPHE) in Marseille in 1991, where he realized many scientific works on morphogenesis, in teaching collaboration with Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon and fruitful research collaboration with the Neurocybernetic laboratory of Marseille. He is author of Theory of growth and form (2000), which appears as a prelude to a Physicochemical theory of Tip Growth presented in this book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, Institue IRPHE UMR Marseille

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