Fractal geometry in biological systems : an analytical approach /
edited by Philip M. Iannaccone and Mustafa Khokha.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c1996.
360 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c1996.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-06:
Iannaccone's diverse collection by an international array of experts illustrates the ubiquity of fractals in the biological and medical sciences. There are articles on scale invariant features of DNA sequences, fractal ion channel kinetics, proteins as fat fractals, and fractal geometry in the morphology of neurons and bacterial colonies and in cell proliferation; and applications of fractal theory to the structure and dynamics of the heart, to histopathological diagnosis, and to the analysis of brain wave activity. Articles stress the link between the scaling and power-law correlations in biological processes and fractal geometry, which is shown to present a natural framework for the interpreting results and creating new hypotheses. There are summaries of frontline research as well as speculations as to future directions. The writing is terse with compact overviews of theory and experimental methods. Overviews of the underlying mathematics are included. However, clarity is then sacrificed for brevity; those without a strong background in mathematics and statistics will find these sections difficult going. Researchers, upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals will find this an excellent entry into the research literature. Highly recommended. G. J. G. Junevicus; Eckerd College
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Although fractal geometry has demonstrated its utility in a wide range of biological fields, it remains a somewhat elusive concept for most biologists. This book attempts to make fractal biology more accessible to life scientists.
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Fractal Geometry in Biological Systems was written by the leading experts in the field of mathematics and the biological sciences together. It is intended to inform researchers in the bringing about the fundamental nature of fractals and their widespread appearance in biological systems. The chapters explain how the presence of fractal geometry can be used in an analytical way to predict outcomes in systems, to generate hypotheses, and to help design experiments. The authors make the mathematics accessible to a wide audience and do not assume prior experience in this area.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Fractal Geometry
Molecules: Scale Invariant Features of Coding and Noncoding DNA Sequences
Ion Channel Kinetics
Protein Conformation and Enzymatic Kinetics
Cells: Morphogenesis by Bacterial Cells
Fractal Studies of Neuronal and Glial Cellular Morphology
Tissues: Mosaic Pattern in Tissues from Chimeras
Applications of Fractal Geometry in Pathology
Organs: Fractals and the Heart
Fractal Probability Density and EEG/ERP Time Series
Advanced Topics in Fractal
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