october, 2017

23oct - 27oct 239:00 amoct 27Workshop: On Growth and Form 2017


Event Details

In 2017, it will be a hundred years since the first edition of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s book “On Growth and Form” was published. The book still attracts plenty of attention. There are many reasons for this, but probably the most important one lies in the fact that the central theme of the book—the growth and emergence of organismal form—is still one of the most fundamental, unresolved questions in biology. Today, we still know very little about how dynamic network interactions create pattern, and how these networks integrate into their tissue-level and morphological context.

D’Arcy Thompson posed questions that keep on inspiring biologists, mathematicians, and engineers interested in artificial life and robotics. Apart from these practical implications, “On Growth and From” fascinates because of the beauty of its prose and illustrations, which leads researchers and artists to visualise and think about problems of morphogenesis in new ways. This workshop will bring together a multi-disciplinary community inspired by D’Arcy Thompson’s work, with participants from the fields of developmental and mathematical biology, science history and philosophy, mathematics, art, and architecture, with the aim of reassessing D’Arcy Thompson’s long-lasting impact on these diverse disciplines. Its proceedings will be published as an edited volume of the Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology.

This workshop is organised jointly by the IAS-Uva (http://ias.uva.nl), the KLI Klosterneuburg (www.kli.ac.at), the Lorentz Center in Leiden (www.lorentzcenter.nl), and Meromorf Press (http://www.meromorfpress.co.uk).

A detailed programme will be available on a dedicated website soon. In the meantime, please contact J.A.Kaandorp@uva.nl or johannes.jaeger@kli.ac.at for more information.


23 (Monday) 9:00 am - 27 (Friday) 5:00 pm


Lorentz Center, Leiden and the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Amsterdam


IAS-Uva, KLI Klosterneuburg, Lorentz Center, Leiden and Meromorf Press

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