Parabolic Equations in Biology

Growth, reaction, movement and diffusion

  • Benoît Perthame

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-199

About this book


This book presents several fundamental questions in mathematical biology such as Turing instability, pattern formation, reaction-diffusion systems, invasion waves and Fokker-Planck equations. These are classical modeling tools for mathematical biology with applications to ecology and population dynamics, the neurosciences, enzymatic reactions, chemotaxis, invasion waves etc. The book presents these aspects from a mathematical perspective, with the aim of identifying those qualitative properties of the models that are relevant for biological applications. To do so, it uncovers the mechanisms at work behind Turing instability, pattern formation and invasion waves. This involves several mathematical tools, such as stability and instability analysis, blow-up in finite time, asymptotic methods and relative entropy properties. Given the content presented, the book is well suited as a textbook for master-level coursework.


Fokker-Planck equations Mathematical biology Reaction-diffusion Traveling waves Turing patterns

Authors and affiliations

  • Benoît Perthame
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  1. 1.LJLL, UPMCUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

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