From Chemical to Biological Organization

  • Mario Markus
  • Stefan C. Müller
  • Grégoire Nicolis
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. General Concepts

  3. Chemical Organization

  4. Biochemical Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. W. Ebeling, H. Herzel, L. Schimansky-Geier
      Pages 166-176
    3. H. Frauenfelder
      Pages 177-181
    4. R. Rigler, U. Larsson, B. Blombäck
      Pages 203-207
  5. Cellular and Intercellular Organization

  6. From Complex Cellular Networks to the Brain

  7. Ecological, Epidemiological and Economical Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. J. Rössler, M. Kiwi, M. Markus
      Pages 319-330
    3. W. M. Schaffer, L. F. Olsen, G. L. Truty, S. L. Fulmer, D. J. Graser
      Pages 331-347
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 358-358

About these proceedings


Open nonlinear systems are capable of self-organization in space and time. This realization constitutes a major breakthrough of modern science, and is currently at the origin of explosive developments in chemistry, physics and biology. Observations and numerical computations of nonlinear systems surprise us by their inexhaustible and sometimes nonintuitive variety of structures with different shapes and functions. But as well as variety one finds on closer inspection that nonlinear phenomena share universal aspects of pattern formation in time and space. These similarities make it possible to bridge the gap between inanimate and living matter at various levels of complexity, in both theory and experiment. This book is an account of different approaches to the study of this pattern formation. The universality of kinetic, thermodynamic and dimensional approaches is documented through their application to purely mathematical, physical and chemical systems, as well as to systems in nature: biochemical, cellular, multicellular, physiological, neurophysiological, ecological and economic systems. Hints given throughout the book allow the reader to discover how to make use of the principles and methods in different fields of research, including those not treated explicitly in the book.


catalysis catalyst chemical reaction chemical structure deterministic chaos kinetics nonlinear dynamics structure thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Markus
    • 1
  • Stefan C. Müller
    • 1
  • Grégoire Nicolis
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ErnährungsphysiologieDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Faculté des SciencesUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73690-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73688-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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