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Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 287–288 | Cite as

Diffusive spreading in nature, technology and society

Armin Bunde, Jürgen Caro, Jörg Kärger and Gero Vogl (eds) Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, 2018, hard cover, 438 pp, 148 illus, 103 illus in color
  • Karl HammerEmail author
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Diffusion is the random movement of objects, notably of very tiny ones like such as molecules and atoms, spreading in space. The discovery of diffusion started with much larger particles, namely with pollen grains and their constant movement in liquid suspension as observable under the microscope. Its detection by the Scottish botanist Robert Brown 200 years ago belongs the great discoveries of the nineteenth century. The random movement of particles (the “Brownian motion”) has attracted the interest of scientists in most diverse areas. The moving objects considered include sub-microscopic ones like the atoms and molecules in solids, liquids and gases, microscopic particles like pollen grains which already attracted Robert Brown’s interest or pathogenic organisms responsible for the spreading of diseases, up to macroscopic objects like plants, animals and humans Spreading phenomena may even be investigated in non-physical objects, such as with ideas, rumors, information, innovation or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Pflanzengenetik und KulturpflanzenforschungGaterslebenGermany

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